Etymology
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Words related to -ie

-y (3)
suffix in pet proper names (such as Johnny, Kitty), first recorded in Scottish c. 1400; according to OED it became frequent in English 15c.-16c. Extension to surnames seems to date from c. 1940. Use with common nouns seems to have begun in Scottish with laddie (1546) and become popular in English due to Burns' poems, but the same formation appears to be represented much earlier in baby and puppy.
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aggie (n.1)
"college student studying agriculture," by 1880, American English college slang, from agriculture + -ie.
beanie (n.)
"small, close-fitting hat," 1940, from bean (n.) in the slang sense of "head" + -ie.
biggie (n.)
1931, "important person," from big + -ie.
birdie (n.)
"little bird," 1792, from bird (n.1) + -ie. As golf slang for "a hole played one under par," by 1908, perhaps from bird (n.) in American English slang sense of "exceptionally clever or accomplished person or thing" (1839).
cabbie (n.)
also cabby, "cab-driver," 1848, from cab (n.) + -ie. Also see taxi (n.).
cheapie (n.)
"something inexpensive," 1891, from cheap (adj.) + -ie.
falsies (n.)
"padded brassiere," 1943, from false + -ie.
folkie (n.)

"devotee of (modern) folk-music," attested by 1966; with -ie.

foodie (n.)
"gourmet," 1982, from food + -ie.