Note:—The rle of augmentative and diminutive suffixes in English is vastly less important than in Italian.
A diminutive hardly seems the right kind of word under the circumstances; an augmentative would, perhaps, have been better.
For the word wizard, from witch, see the section on augmentative forms.
The augmentative forms, pre-eminently common in the Italian language, often carry with them a depreciating sense.
The MS. has Garees, a word not to be found in the dictionary, but evidently an augmentative of gara, a heron.