aff. a suffix forming nouns that denote things collectively
greenery; machinery[/ex]
people collectively
Jewry; peasantry[/ex]
occupation, activity, or condition
dentistry; archery; rivalry[/ex]
or an instance or result of an activity
an associated place, often corresponding to nouns with the suffixes -er I or -er II
bakery; winery[/ex]
characteristic conduct
prudery; trickery[/ex]
Etymology: ME < OF -erie=-ier -er II+-ie -y III

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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