Show Search Results Show Browse

Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

Hide Quotations Hide Etymology

Abbreviations Cite this entry

About this entry:
First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.

-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. § 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.

You may wish to vary the format shown below depending on the citation style used.

"-die suffix". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



Hide Advanced Search

Browse SND: