-ie
also -y noun suffix Etymology: Middle English 1. little one ; dear little one <
birdie
>
<
sonny
>
2. a. one belonging to ; one having to do with <
townie
>
b. one who is <
preemie
>
3. one of (such) a kind or quality <
cutie
>
<
toughie
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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