, sometimes a diminutive of the base word
and usually confined to informal and jocular use (bitsy; footsie; halvsies);
adjectives formed with -sy,
may be ironic, implying that the quality in question is self-consciously assumed or feigned (artsy; cutesy; folksy).
The combination of -s3
. and -y1
. or -y2
. in certain words (antsy; gutsy)
should perhaps be considered further instances of this suffix.
perhaps orig. two distinct suffixes, one diminutive (as in Betsy, popsy, tootsy) and the other adjectival; sources of both are uncertain