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 History of this Word

"gate" is from "Watergate" (scandal of the United States in the early 1970s - from the Watergate Complex where the scandal started.)

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
Nipplegate
Sirengate
Reutersgate
Bandargate

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-gate" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates scandal. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-gate illustration They worked together in the so-called Billygate affair during the 1980 campaign.
-gate illustration But Skategate may be the best thing to happen to figure skating, in terms of building its popularity as a TV sport.