Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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-DIE, suff. Also -dy and in Cai. -dag. A dim. suff. added to words or curtailed forms of words ending in -l, -r or -n, as in doldie, laldie, Wuldag (Willie); Geordie, spurdie; bandie, Johndie, scondie, stondie; cf. P.L.D. ยง 158 k. It is used esp. in children's words or in personal names, and is commonest in n.Sc. Gen. found with nouns, less freq. with advs. as Hindie. In origin the suff. arises from the dim. suff. -ie, on analogy with words where the -d is organic, e.g. Sandie, Baldie, laddie, candy.

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"-die suffix". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 18 Dec 2017 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/die_suffix>

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