- the recipient of a (specified) action, grant, or benefit: appointee, selectee, mortgagee
- a person in a (specified) condition: absentee, employee
- a person or thing associated in some way with another: bargee, goatee
- a person that performs the (specified) action: standee
Origin of -ee; from Anglo-French and amp; Old French -é, origin, originally masculine ending of past participle of verbs in -er ; from Classical Latin -atus: see -ate
forming an old-fashioned nonstandard, and now often insulting, form of nouns of nationality ending in -ese: Chinee, Portugee
- electrical engineer
- electrical engineering
- a. One that receives or benefits from a specified action: addressee.b. One that possesses a specified thing: mortgagee.
- One that performs a specified action: absentee.
Origin of -eeMiddle English, from Old French -e, -ee, past participle suff., from Latin -atus; see –ate1. Usage Note: The suffix –ee has its origins in the French passive participle ending –é (feminine –ée). It was first used in English to refer to indirect objects and then to direct objects of transitive verbs, particularly in legal contexts (as in donee, lessee, or trustee) and in military and political jargon (draftee, trainee, or nominee). Typically the action of the verb happens to the person being described by the noun—a draftee is a person who is drafted, not a person who drafts other people. Beginning around the mid-19th century, primarily in American English, the –ee suffix was extended to denote the subject of an intransitive verb, as in standee (“a person who stands”) and returnee (“a person who returns”). The coining of new words ending in –ee continues to be common. A number of these coinages, such as honoree, deportee, and escapee, have become widely accepted. But many others are created on an ad-hoc basis and tend to have a comic effect. Thus, a firee is one who is fired from a job, a jokee is one who is the subject of a joke, and a roastee is one who is ridiculed at a roast. On rare occasions the suffix –ee has been applied to noun forms, giving us words like benefactee (from benefactor) and to transitive verbs where the subject refers to the agent of the action, such as attendee (one who attends a conference).
- a. One resembling: goatee.b. A particular, especially a diminutive kind of: bootee.
- One connected with: bargee.
Origin of -eeVariant of –y1.
- (academic philosophy) Eudemian Ethics
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