Y meaning

The 25th letter of the modern English alphabet.
noun
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Yard(s)
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The 25th in a series.
noun
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Y is the second-to-last letter of the alphabet.

An example of y is the letter "Y."

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Yen.
abbreviation
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Year(s)
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Yuan.
abbreviation
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Characterized by; consisting of.

Clayey.

suffix
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A variable.
noun
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Of y or Y.
adjective
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YWCA.
noun
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affix
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Suggestive of, somewhat like.

Wavy.

affix
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Any of the speech sounds represented by the letter y.
noun
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Tending toward; inclined toward.

Sleepy.

suffix
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Yttrium.
symbol
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Having, full of, or characterized by.

Dirty, healthy.

affix
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Shaped like Y.
adjective
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An ordinate.
noun
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Inclined or tending to.

Drowsy, sticky.

affix
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A collective body of a (specified) kind.

Soldiery.

affix
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Forming, together with the appropriate inflectional change in the base, the past participle of verbs: its use, as a poetic archaism, survived until the end of the 16th cent.

Yclept.

affix
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Twenty-fifth in a sequence or group.
adjective
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Little, dear.
affix
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Rather, somewhat.

Yellowy, chilly, dusky.

affix
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Fit or suitable for.

Christmassy.

affix
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(1) The brightness signal (luma) in the YUV color space. See YUV.
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In mathematics, the symbol for an unknown quantity, person, factor, or thing.Y is the second in a set of two or three unknowns comprising x, y, and z. See also x, y-axis, and z.
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The abbreviation for year. See yy and yyyy.
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Abbreviation of year.
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(UK, television) Abbreviation of youth., usually followed by an age appropriate for the content so marked.

Y7

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(metrology) Symbol for the yoctoohm, an SI unit of electrical resistance equal to 10−24 ohms.
symbol
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One having to do with or characterized by.

Townie.

suffix
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Admittance.
symbol
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Quality or condition.

Jealousy, zoanthropy.

affix
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A shop or goods of a (specified) kind.

Coopery.

affix
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Action of.

Inquiry.

affix
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Yotta. A septillion (10 24 ), or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000. See YB.
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The symbol for yttrium. See yttrium.
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The twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet, called wye and written in the Latin script.
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(computing) Abbreviation of yes.
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(slang, text messaging, Internet) Abbreviation of why.
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Alternative form of Y.
abbreviation
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(computing) The ASCII control character end of medium in caret notation.
symbol
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(informal, dialect, subject pronoun) You; ye.
pronoun
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Something shaped like the letter Y.
noun
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The Young Men's Christian Association, The Young Women's Christian Association, or one of their facilities. Used with the.
noun
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The Young Men's Hebrew Association, The Young Women's Hebrew Association, or one of their facilities. Used with the.
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Year.
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Condition; state; quality.

Jealousy.

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Collection; body; group.

Soldiery.

suffix
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Small one.

Doggy.

suffix
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Dear one.

Sweetie.

suffix
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The twenty-fifth letter of the English alphabet: from the Greek upsilon.
noun
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Any of the speech sounds that this letter represents, as, in English, the semivowel (y) at the beginning of a syllable, as in yes or beyond, or the vowel (i) of myth, (ē) of holy, or (ī) of my.
noun
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A type or impression for y or Y.
noun
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The twenty-fifth in a sequence or group.
noun
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An object shaped like Y.
noun
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The second of a set of unknown quantities, x usually being the first.
noun
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Yocto-
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YMCA.
noun
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YMHA.
noun
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YWHA.
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Yes.
abbreviation
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Yotta-
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Origin of y

  • ME -y, -i, -ie, prob. based on OFr -i, -e, in such familiar names as Davi (for David), Mathe (for Matheu), etc.

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • ME y-, i- < OE ge-, perfective prefix (basic sense “together”): for IE base see com-

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • ME -y, -ie < OE -ig, akin to L -ic(us), Gr -ik(os)

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • ME -ie < OFr < L -ia < or akin to Gr -ia, -eia

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • ME -ie < Anglo-Fr < L -ium

    From Webster's New World College Dictionary, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -ie from Old French from Latin -ia Sense 2b, ultimately from Latin -ium

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English from Old English -ig

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English -ie, -y

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition