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[soh-fee, sof-ee] /ˈsoʊ fi, ˈsɒf i/
noun, plural Sophies. (sometimes lowercase)
any of the Safavid rulers of Persia: used as a title.
Also, Sophi.
Origin of Sophy
1530-40; probably < Turkish sofi < Persian ṣūfī sufi, by association with Safawī the safavid dynasty


a combining form occurring in loanwords from Greek (philosophy; theosophy); on this model used, with the meaning “science of,” in the formation of compound words:
< Greek -sophia, combining form of sophía skill, wisdom; see -y3 Unabridged
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  • Aunt Sophy was good-natured, and she had complete trust in Maurice Kenyon.

    Brooke's Daughter Adeline Sergeant
  • Sophy was taken into the house, where her presence was a real advantage.

    What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales Hans Christian Andersen
  • But it was at last settled that Sophy should give 8—which was a year's wages—if the place could be procured for her at once.

  • The good man waited for Sophy to speak; but she did not open her lips as yet.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • Sophy reported that Chesney never asked for a dose before the regular hours, or for an increase of the amount.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • So poor Sophy had to explain certain facts not in all respects to her credit.

    Elsie Venner Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
British Dictionary definitions for Sophy


noun (pl) -phies
(formerly) a title of the Persian monarchs
Word Origin
C16: from Latin sophī wise men, from Greek sophos wise


combining form
indicating knowledge or an intellectual system: philosophy, theosophy
Derived Forms
-sophic, -sophical, combining_form:in_adjective
Word Origin
from Greek -sophia, from sophia wisdom, from sophos wise
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Word Origin and History for Sophy


word-forming element meaning "knowledge," from Old French -sophie, from Latin -sophia, from Greek -sophia, from sophia "skill, wisdom, knowledge" (see Sophia).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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