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GreekEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Turkish -cı.

PronunciationEdit

SuffixEdit

-τζής (-tzísm (feminine -τζού)

  1. added to a noun, to create words for a male person who has an occupation related to that noun:
    ταξί (taxí, taxi) + ‎-τζής (-tzís) → ‎ταξιτζής (taxitzís, taxi driver)
    παλιά (paliá, old stuff) + ‎-τζής (-tzís) → ‎παλιατζής (paliatzís, junk dealer)
    καφές (kafés, coffee) + ‎-τζής (-tzís) → ‎καφετζής (kafetzís, cafe owner)
  2. added to a noun, to create words for a male person who has does something related to that noun:
    πλάκα (pláka, joke, fun) + ‎-τζής (-tzís) → ‎πλακατζής (plakatzís, joker)
    καβγάς (kavgás, fight) + ‎-τζής (-tzís) → ‎καβγατζής (kavgatzís, brawler)

Usage notesEdit

Some of these words are taken whole directly from Turkish, eg μπογιατζής ("painter") < boyacı, while others are neologisms made from joining Greek nouns onto this suffix, eg παλιά ("old (stuff)") < παλιατζής ("junk dealer").

DeclensionEdit

Derived termsEdit

  • -τζίδικο n (-tzídiko) (place where the above occupations take place)