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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Y-

    alt. of I-

  2. Y-

    a prefix of obscure meaning, originally used with verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns, and pronouns. In the Middle English period, it was little employed except with verbs, being chiefly used with past participles, though occasionally with the infinitive Ycleped, or yclept, is perhaps the only word not entirely obsolete which shows this use


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