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Y, ywaɪ(n.)(pl.)Ys; Y's, ys; y's.

  1. the 25th letter of the English alphabet, a semivowel.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  2. any spoken sound represented by this letter.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. something shaped like aY.

  4. a written or printed representation of the letter Y or



  1. the Y, Informal. the YMCA, YWCA, YMHA, or YWHA.

    Category: Chemistry, Informal, Numismatics


  1. Ref: yen1. 1


  1. the 25th in order or in a series.

  2. (sometimes l.c.) Elect. admittance.

    Category: Electricity and Magnetism

  3. Chem. yttrium.

    Category: Chemistry

  4. Biochem. tyrosine.

    Category: Biochemistry

* Symbol..


  1. an unknown quantity or a variable.

    Category: Math

* Math. Symbol..


or i-, 7

  1. a prefix occurring in certain obsolete words (iwis) and esp. in archaic past participles (yclad; yclept).

    Category: Affix

Origin of y-:

ME y-, i- (reduced var. a-), OE ge-, prefix with perfective, intensifying, or collective force; c. OFris, OS ge-, gi-, OHG ga-, gi, Go ga-


or -ey, 1

  1. an adjective-forming suffix meaning “characterized by or inclined to” the substance or action of the word or stem to which the suffix is attached:

    bloody; cloudy; sexy; squeaky.

    Category: Affix

Origin of -y:

OE -ig; c. G -ig


or -ie, 2

  1. a noun-forming suffix, added to monosyllabic bases, occurring in endearing or familiar names or common nouns formed from personal names, other nouns, and adjectives (Billy; Susie; birdie; granny; sweetie; tummy) and in various other usu. informal coinages, sometimes pejorative (boonies; goalie; groupie; Okie; rookie). This suffix also forms from adjectives nouns that denote exemplary or extreme instances of the quality specified (baddie; biggie), sometimes focusi

    Category: Affix

    Ref: Compare -o 9 , -sy 3 .

Origin of -y:

late ME (Scots)


  1. a suffix of various origins used in the formation of action nouns from verbs (inquiry), and also found in other abstract nouns (infamy).

    Category: Affix

Origin of -y:

repr. L -ia-ia , -ium-ium1; Gk -ia, -eia, -ion; F -ie; G -ie


  1. yard.

  2. year.

    Category: Horology

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Y, y(noun)ɪ

    the 25th letter of the alphabet


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