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 History of this Word

orgin is uncertain

Notes

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

More words with this suffix,
cooky
sudsy
birdie
tootsie

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-y 1" is a type of suffix

Definition

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

Examples of how the word is used

-y illustration She always remembers her granny on my birthday.
-y illustration We could really use a doggie door.