-le


-le
-le1
suffix
1》 forming names of appliances or instruments: bridle.
2》 forming names of animals and plants: beetle.
Origin
OE, of Gmc origin.
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-le2
(also -el)
suffix forming nouns having or originally having a diminutive sense: mantle.
Origin
ME -el, -elle, partly from OE and partly from OFr. (based on L. forms).
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-le3
suffix (forming adjectives from an original verb) apt to; liable to: brittle.
Origin
ME: from earlier -el, of Gmc origin.
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-le4
suffix forming verbs, chiefly expressing repeated action or movement (as in babble, dazzle), or having diminutive sense (as in nestle).
Origin
OE -lian, of Gmc origin.

English new terms dictionary. 2014.