Origin of -leMiddle English verb suffix -len from Old English -lian forming verbs denoting repeated action, esp. of a small or trivial kind: babble, sparkle
Origin of -leME n. suffix -el, -le < OE -ol, -ul, -el forming nouns, orig. usually with a diminutive sense: icicle, thimble
Origin of -leME adj. suffix -el < OE -ol forming adjectives, esp. from verb stems: brittle
- (informal, humorous, chiefly Internet) the
From French le.
- (astronomy, astronomy) Lyman-alpha emitter