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Questions tagged [diminutive]

An affix added to a word to convey the meaning "small" or "unimportant" or to express affection

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Softening suffixes in English

In Russian and we have a lot of different softening suffixes. Are there any in English? Like how would you rephrase as one word the following: a lovely chair, a most favorite small chair, a small ...
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What does “Honeykins” mean?

I've heard someone, a native speaker, called his girl friend by "honeykins". Does it the same as "honey" or "darling"? Does it have special meaning other than those expressions?
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Is the “-ney” in “hackney” a diminutive suffix?

Is the "-ney" in "hackney" a diminutive suffix? What are some other words with the same suffix? Honey, Whitney,...?