Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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-US, suff. Also -as, -is. A suffix added to n., v., and adj. stems, applied to persons, gen. with slightly disparaging force, connoting smallness, dullness or stupidity. See Dockus, Docus, Dummas, Gawpus, Gluffus, Glovus, Gruffus, Gumpus, luckiedaicus s.v. Luckie, Pilliedacus, Rawnis, snackus s.v. Snack, n.1, etc.

[Poss. jocularly from Lat. -us suff. of masc. nouns.]

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