-ola

-ola

1. a formative of no precise significance found in a variety of commercial coinages (granola; Victrola) and jocular variations of words (crapola).
2. a suffix extracted from payola, used in coinages that have the general sense “covert payments, esp. to an entertainment figure in return for promoting a product, making an appearance, etc.” (playola).
[appar. < Italian or Latin -ola diminutive suffix; see -ole1, -ule]
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