or -ey Iaff. an adjective-forming suffix meaning “characterized by or inclined to” the substance or action of the word or stem to which the suffix is attached:bloody; cloudy; sexy; squeaky[/ex]•Etymology: OE -ig; c. G -ig II-y or -ieaff. a noun-forming suffix, added to monosyllabic bases, occurring in endearing or familiar names or common nouns formed from personal names, other nouns, and adjectives (Billy; Susie; birdie; granny; sweetie; tummy) and in various other usu. informal coinages, sometimes pejorative (boonies; goalie; groupie; Okie; rookie). This suffix also forms from adjectives nouns that denote exemplary or extreme instances of the quality specified (baddie; biggie), sometimes focusing on a restricted, usu. unfavorable sense of the adjective (sharpie; sickie; whitey)Compare -o,-sy•Etymology: late ME (Scots) III-yaff. a suffix of various origins used in the formation of action nouns from verbs (inquiry), and also found in other abstract nouns (infamy)•Etymology: repr. L -ia -ia, -ium -ium; Gk -ia, -eia, -ion; F -ie; G -ie
From formal English to slang. 2014.