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Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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First published 1974 (SND Vol. IX).
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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, Govus, 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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"-us suffix". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 22 May 2024 <http://www.dsl.ac.uk/entry/snd/us_suffix>

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