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    Forming adjectives from nouns

    Forming adjectives from nouns:  in English lots of adjectives are formed by adding “Y” to a noun. Sometimes the adjective has a different meaning from that of the noun as it takes on a figurative connotation.  

    Here  are a few of them.

    Oily (from oil) 

    Greasy ( figurative)  smooth, unctuous 

    Gritty (from grit):  (figurative) rough,  tough

    Graggy   ( fromcrag) : hilly;  ( figurative) rough  , full of wrinkles 

    Crabby  ( from crab) :   irritable ,ill-tempered   

    Snacky    (from snack):   something  fit to be eaten between main meals

    Zesty ( from zest): full of  energy, dynamic

    Fishy (from fish): smelling like fish,(figurative) suspicious, dubious

    Saucy (from sauce) : covered with sauce; (figurative)  impertinent, sexually attractive 

    Racy   (from  race): ( figurative )  not really proper, a bit  too  lively.

    Pacy (from pace, step): progressing or moving quickly 

    Jumpy  (from jump): (figurative)   edgy, nervous 

    Pushy  (from push) :  ( figurative )  aggressive ,forward


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