suffix suggesting state, problem, or quality; additionally activity or the consequence of it (like in triumph, record, etc.), via Anglo-French and Old French
- suffix in animal proper names (eg Johnny, Kitty), very first recorded in Scottish c.1400; relating to OED it became regular in English 15c.-16c. Extension to surnames appears to date from c.1940. Use with common nouns seems to have begun in Scottish with laddie (1546) and be preferred in English as a result of Burns' poems, nevertheless same formation is apparently represented much early in the day in child and puppy.
- noun suffix, in military, city, nation, etc., from Old French -e, Latin -atus, -atum, past participle suffix of verbs of the first conjugation.
- adjective suffix, "full of or characterized by," from Old English -ig, from Proto-Germanic *-iga- (resource in addition of Dutch, Danish, German -ig, Gothic -egs), from PIE -(i)ko-, adjectival suffix, cognate with elements in Greek -ikos, Latin -icus (see -ic). Originally added to nouns in Old English; made use of from 13c. with verbs, and also by 15c. even with other adjectives (including crispy).
That to which the metal, in which by suitable thermal treatment the iron molecules have been brought to the allotropic -y or 1 3 state or a mixture of both, can be heated without losing its hardness through the escape of that iron into the a state.