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-ie

1.
variant of -y2 .

I.E.

2.
Industrial Engineer.

i.e.

1.
that is.
Origin
< Latin id est
Can be confused
e.g, i.e.

-y2

1.
a noun-forming suffix with a variety of functions in contemporary English, added to monosyllabic bases to create words that are almost always informal. Its earliest use, probably still productive, was to form endearing or familiar names or common nouns from personal names, other nouns, and adjectives (Billy; Susie; birdie; doggie; granny; sweetie; tummy). The hypocoristic feature is absent in recent coinages, however, which are simply informal and sometimes pejorative (boonies; cabby; groupie; hippy; looie; Okie; preemie; preppy; rookie). Another function of -y2, (-ie) is to form from adjectives nouns that denote exemplary or extreme instances of the quality named by the adjective (baddie; biggie; cheapie; toughie), sometimes focusing on a restricted, usually unfavorable sense of the adjective (sharpie; sickie; whitey). A few words in which the informal character of -y2, (-ie) has been lost are now standard in formal written English (goalie; movie).
Also, -ie.
Compare -o, -sy.
Origin
late Middle English (Scots), orig. in names; of uncertain origin; baby and puppy, now felt as having this suffix, may be of different derivation
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British Dictionary definitions for IE

ie

abbreviation
1.
Ireland

IE

abbreviation
1.
Indo-European (languages)

i.e.

abbreviation
1.
id est
Word Origin
Latin: that is (to say); in other words

-ie

suffix
1.
a variant of -y2

-y1

suffix
1.
(from nouns) characterized by; consisting of; filled with; relating to; resembling: sunny, sandy, smoky, classy
2.
(from verbs) tending to; acting or existing as specified: leaky, shiny
Word Origin
from Old English -ig, -ǣg

-y2

suffix (informal)
1.
denoting smallness and expressing affection and familiarity: a doggy, a granny, Jamie
2.
a person or thing concerned with or characterized by being: a groupie, a fatty
Word Origin
C14: from Scottish -ie, -y, familiar suffix occurring originally in names, as in Jamie (James)

-y3

suffix
1.
(from verbs) indicating the act of doing what is indicated by the verbal element: inquiry
2.
(esp with combining forms of Greek, Latin, or French origin) indicating state, condition, or quality: geography, jealousy
Word Origin
from Old French -ie, from Latin -ia
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Word Origin and History for IE

i.e.

abbreviation of Latin id est, literally "that is;" used in English in the sense of "that is to say."

-y

noun suffix, in army, city, country, etc., from Old French -e, Latin -atus, -atum, pp. suffix of verbs of the first conjugation. In victory, history, etc. it represents Latin -ia, Greek -ia.

adjective suffix, "full of or characterized by," from Old English -ig, from Proto-Germanic *-iga (cf. German -ig), cognate with Greek -ikos, Latin -icus.

suffix in pet proper names (e.g. Johnny, Kitty), first recorded in Scottish, c.1400; became frequent in English 15c.-16c. Extension to surnames seems to date from c.1940. Use with common nouns seems to have begun in Scottish with laddie (1546) and become popular in English due to Burns' poems, but the same formation appears to be represented much earlier in baby and puppy.

-ie

alternative spelling of -y; now mostly of -y (3), but formerly of others.

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IE in Culture

i.e. definition


An abbreviation for id est, a Latin phrase meaning “that is.” It indicates that an explanation or paraphrase is about to follow: “Many workers expect to put in a forty-hour week — i.e., to work eight hours a day.” (Compare e.g.)

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Slang definitions & phrases for IE

-ie

suffix
  1. used to form adjectives Having the quality indicated: comfy/ creepy/ swanky
  2. used to form nouns
  3. Diminutive, affectionate, or familiar versions of what is indicated: auntie/ cubby/ thingy/ tootsie/ folksy
  4. Coming from the place or background indicated: Arky/ Okie/ Yalie
  5. A person of the sort indicated: weirdie/ hippy/ sharpy

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IE in Technology

networking
The country code for Ireland.
(1999-01-27)

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Related Abbreviations for IE

IE

Indo-European

I.E.

  1. industrial engineer
  2. industrial engineering

i.e.

Latin id est (that is)
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