-le

1) a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force:
dazzle; twinkle[/ex]
2) a suffix of adjectives formed orig. on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”:
brittle[/ex]
3) a noun suffix having orig. a diminutive meaning:
bramble[/ex]
4) a noun suffix indicating agent or instrument:
beadle; bridle; thimble[/ex]
Etymology: ME -len, OE -lian (v.); ME -el, OE -ol (adj.); ME -el, OE -il (dim.); ME -el, OE -ol, -ul (agent)

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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