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a combining form extracted from place names ending in -ville, used in the coinage of informal nonce words, usually pejorative, that characterize a place, person, group, or situation (dullsville; disasterville; Mediaville) or that name a condition (embarrassmentville; gloomsville).
Origin of -ville
ultimately < French ville city; see bidonville Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -ville


combining form
(slang, mainly US) (denoting) a place, condition, or quality with a character as specified: dragsville, squaresville
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Word Origin and History for -ville

suffix sporadically in vogue in U.S. colloquial word formation since c.1840 (cf. dullsville, palookaville), abstracted from the -ville in place names (Louisville, Greenville, etc.), from Old French ville "town," from Latin villa (see villa).

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Slang definitions & phrases for -ville

suss out

verb phrase

To discover by intuition or inquiry; find out; learn: I sussed out Whoosh was the chief my first time here/ I've got to start sussing out nonscuzzy places to pee all along our most-traveled routes

[1966+; fr suspect or suspicion, attested as sus in British sources by 1930s; perhaps popularized and brought to the US by British rock-and-roll groups]



Profits of a bookmaker, a usurer, a criminal conspirator, a casino, etc: I'm not nailing you no vig for last week/ About 180 percent a year in interest, known in the trade as vigorish, vig, or juice

[1908+ fr gambling; probably fr Yiddish fr Russian vyigrysh, ''profit, winnings'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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