Definitions for -le

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  1. a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force:

    dazzle; twinkle.

  2. a suffix of adjectives formed orig. on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”:


  3. a noun suffix having orig. a diminutive meaning:


  4. a noun suffix indicating agent or instrument:

    beadle; bridle; thimble.

Origin of -le:

ME -len, OE -lian (v.); ME -el, OE -ol (adj.); ME -el, OE -il (dim.); ME -el, OE -ol, -ul (agent)

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