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Y, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishY, thethe YY, the /waΙͺ/ American English infml πŸ”Š πŸ”Š the YMCA or YWCA πŸ”Š She was staying in a room at the Y.
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YY, y /waΙͺ/ (plural Y’s, y’s) noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š SLA[countable, uncountable] the 25th letter of the English alphabet β†’ Y chromosome, Y-fronts
-y-y1 /i/ suffix [in adjectives] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 XXfull of something or covered with something πŸ”Š sugary desserts (=full of sugar) πŸ”Š dirty hands (=covered with dirt) πŸ”Š a hairy chest (=covered with hair)2 XXhaving a quality or feeling, or tending to do something πŸ”Š a messy room πŸ”Š curly hair (=hair that curls) πŸ”Š feeling sleepy3 XXlike or typical of something πŸ”Š a cold wintry day (=typical of winter) πŸ”Š his long, horsy face (=he looks like a horse)4 XXfond of or interested in something πŸ”Š a horsy woman (=who likes riding horses) β€”-ily suffix [in adverbs] β€”-iness suffix [in nouns]
Examples from the Corpus
-yβ€’ a sleepy babyβ€’ excessive flattery
-y-y2 suffix [in nouns] πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 (also -ie)XX used to make a word or name less formal, and often to show that you care about them – used especially when talking to children πŸ”Š Where’s little Johnny? πŸ”Š my daddy (=my father) πŸ”Š What a nice doggy (=dog)!2 XXused to make nouns from some verbs to show an action πŸ”Š the expiry date (=the date when something expires) πŸ”Š an inquiry (=the act of inquiring about something)
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