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Y1 or y noun (Ys, Y's or y's) 1 the twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet. 2 anything shaped like the letter Y Y-junction.
Y2 abbreviation yen.
the Y noun, colloq 1 the YMCA. 2 the YWCA.
ETYMOLOGY: 20c abbreviation.
-y1 suffix, forming adjectives (-ier, -iest) signifying full of; characterized by; having the quality of; keen on, etc spotty icy shiny horsey.
ETYMOLOGY: From Anglo-Saxon -ig.
-y2 or -ey suffix, forming nouns (plural -ies) indicating 1 a diminutive or term of affection doggy daddy. 2 someone or something with a specified characteristic fatty.
ETYMOLOGY: Originally Scots, used in familiar forms of names.
-y3 suffix, forming nouns (plural -ies) signifying 1 a quality or state jealousy modesty. 2 an action entreaty expiry.
ETYMOLOGY: From French -ie.
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