What does -gate mean?

-gate meaning in Etymology Dictionary

suffix attached to any term to indicate "scandal involving," 1973, abstracted from Watergate, the Washington, D.C., building complex that was home of National Headquarters regarding the Democratic celebration when it had been burglarized Summer 17, 1972, by operatives later found to-be doing work for the employees and re-election promotion of U.S. President Richard Nixon.

-gate - German to English

-gate [scandal]