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ArmenianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Armenian -իկ (-ik). Reinforced by Russian -ик (-ik).

SuffixEdit

-իկ (-ik)

  1. forming diminutives or terms expressing affection
    մայրիկmayrikmommy
    շնիկšnikdoggy
    գնդիկgndiklittle ball

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Middle ArmenianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Armenian -իկ (-ik).

SuffixEdit

-իկ (-ik)

  1. forming diminutives

Derived termsEdit


DescendantsEdit


Old ArmenianEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From earlier *-իկն (*-ikn), from the stem element *-ī̆- + Proto-Indo-European *-kon- suffix. Compare the n-type declension of words with this suffix. Possibly contaminated with -իկ (-ik) of Iranian origin (see Etymology 2). See also -ուկ (-uk).

SuffixEdit

-իկ (-ik)

  1. forming diminutives
    շունšundog
    շնիկšnikdoggy
DeclensionEdit
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DescendantsEdit
  • Middle Armenian: -իկ (-ik)

Etymology 2Edit

From Iranian *-īk (*-ya-ka).

SuffixEdit

-իկ (-ik)

  1. forming agent nouns and adjectives
    մարտmartfight
    մարտիկmartikfighter
    ոստանիկostanika free inhabitant of ոստան (ostan)
    մարզիկmarzikathlete
    տոհմիկtohmiknoble
    սպասիկspasikservant
    այժմիկayžmiknow, at present
    դրանիկdranikcourtier
  2. forming names of nations
    հնդիկhndikIndian
    պարսիկparsikPersian
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ReferencesEdit

  • J̌ahukyan, Geworg (1998), “-իկ”, in Hin hayereni verǰacancʿneri cagumə [The Origin of Old Armenian Suffixes] (Hayocʿ lezvi hamematakan kʿerakanutʿyan harcʿer; 2) (in Armenian), Yerevan: Anania Širakacʿi, pages 5–48