-le

-le

1.
a suffix of verbs having a frequentative force: dazzle; twinkle.
2.
a suffix of adjectives formed originally on verbal stems and having the sense of “apt to”: brittle.
3.
a noun suffix having originally a diminutive meaning: bramble.
4.
a noun suffix indicating agent or instrument: beadle; bridle; thimble.

Origin:
Middle English -len, Old English -lian (v.); Middle English -el, Old English -ol (adj.); Middle English -el, Old English -il (diminutive); Middle English -el, Old English -ol, -ul (agent)

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-le
 
suffix forming verbs
denoting repeated or continuous action, often of a diminutive nature: twiddle; wriggle; wrestle
 
[from Middle English -len, Old English -lian, with similar significance]

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