1Forming names of appliances or instruments.‘bridle’
2Forming names of animals and plants.
Old English, of Germanic origin.
Forming nouns having or originally having a diminutive sense.‘mantle’
Middle English -el, -elle, partly from Old English and partly from Old French (based on Latin forms).
(forming adjectives from an original verb) apt to; liable to.‘brittle’
Middle English from earlier -el, of Germanic origin.
Forming verbs, chiefly those expressing repeated action or movement (as in babble, dazzle), or having diminutive sense (as in nestle).
Old English -lian, of Germanic origin.