-y-y1 [ē, i][ME -y, -i, -ie, prob. based on OFr -i, -e, in such familiar names as Davi (for David), Mathe (for Matheu), etc.] suffix forming nouns1. little, dear: used in forming diminutives, nicknames, and terms of endearment [kitty, Billy, daddy]2. alt. sp. of-IE (sense 2)-y2 [ē, i][ME -y, -ie < OE -ig, akin to L -ic(us), Gr -ik(os)] suffix forming adjectives1. having, full of, or characterized by [dirty, healthy]2. rather, somewhat [yellowy, chilly, dusky]3. inclined or tending to [drowsy, sticky]4. suggestive of, somewhat like [wavy]: Sometimes used with a slight intensive force that does not change the meaning of the root adjective [stilly]-y3 [ē, i][ME -ie < OFr < L -ia < or akin to Gr -ia, -eia] suffix forming nouns1. quality or condition [jealousy, zoanthropy]2. a shop or goods of a (specified) kind [coopery]3. a collective body of a (specified) kind [soldiery]-y4 [ē, i][ME -ie < Anglo-Fr < L -ium] suffix forming nounsaction of [inquiry]
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.