Yiddish

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Suffix

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־עלע (-elen

  1. Used to express an emphasised diminutive, to indicate that something is extremely small.
  2. Alternative form of ־ל (-l): dialectal alternative diminutive.

Usage notes

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  • When added to a word of Hebrew origin ending in ־ה (-e), the suffix becomes ־לע (-le) in writing, for example ‎דירה (dire) + ‎־עלע (-ele) → ‎דירהלע (direle) rather than *דירהעלע (direle).

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