-ie

a hypocoristic suffix used colloquially:

1. (with nouns) as an endearment, or affectionately, especially with and among children: doggie, a dog; littlie, a child.
2. (with nouns) as a familiar abbreviation: budgie, a budgerigar; conchie, a conscientious objector; mozzie, a mosquito; goalie, a goalkeeper.
3. (with adjectives) as a nominalisation: greenie, a conservationist; cheapie, a cheap product.
4. (with adjectives) as a familiar abbreviation: indie, nudie, juvie.
Usage: There are some words which fluctuate between an -ie ending and a -y ending, such as cabbie, auntie, or bogie. The -ie ending is to be preferred for shortened forms such as pressie for present, and for noun forms which need to be distinguished from homophonic adjectives, such as chewie (chewing gum) as opposed to chewy (tough).

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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