I. adjective suffix
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -ig; akin to Old High German -īg -y, Latin -icus, Greek -ikos, Sanskrit -ika
a. characterized by ; full of <blossomy> <dirty> <muddy> <clayey> b. having the character of ; composed of <icy> <waxy> c. like ; like that of <homey> <wintry> — often with a disparaging connotation <stagy> 2. a. tending or inclined to <sleepy> <chatty> b. giving occasion for (specified) action <teary> c. performing (specified) action <curly> II. noun suffix (plural -ies) Etymology: Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ia, from Greek -ia, -eia 1. state ; condition ; quality <beggary> 2. activity, place of business, or goods dealt with <chandlery> <laundry> 3. whole body or group <soldiery> III. noun suffix (plural -ies) Etymology: Middle English -ie, from Anglo-French, from Latin -ium instance of a (specified) action <entreaty> <inquiry> IV. — see -ie
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.