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fave

noun; clipping
A person or thing that is favored above others. This is yet another instance in the English language (or any language) of a "slang" word coined from the clipping or shortening of an existing word. The common explanation for these occurrences is that the speaker thought of it as easier to shorten the word rather than say the whole thing. Instead of using a word with three syllables, now the speaker can convey the same meaning in just one. The word was formed from cutting off the 'fav-' from favorite and adding an '-e' ending to complete the formation of the word. Depending on the context of the word, "fave" can either be used as a noun or an adjective.
 
Out of all the characters, Aragorn's my fave.
Etymology : 'fav' (from favorite) + 'e' (adj, n)
Source : K.T.Weber
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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