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-ville

suff.
Quality; condition: dullsville.

[From place names ending in -ville (such as Jacksonville), from French, town, from Old French vile, from Latin vīlla, country house, farm; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

-ville

n and adj combining form
slang chiefly US (denoting) a place, condition, or quality with a character as specified: dragsville; squaresville.

-ville

a combining form extracted from place names ending in -ville, used in the coinage of informal nonce words, usu. pejorative, that characterize a place, person, group, or situation ( dullsville; disasterville; Mediaville) or that name a condition ( embarrassmentville; gloomsville).
[ultimately < French ville city; see bidonville]
References in classic literature ?
De Ville, he called himself, and he had a nice wife.
"De Ville had a quick temper, as quick as his hand, and his hand was as quick as the paw of a tiger.
"Here is the proof, monseigneur." And Gourville held out to the superintendent a note communicated by a certain secretary of the Hotel de Ville, who was one of Fouquet's creatures.
Now, besides the reports of the sentinels guarding the Hotel de Ville, which is next door to the Bell and Bottle, it had been stated by others that a number of travellers had arrived during the night.
Seeing, on the other side, some Cossacks (les Cosaques) and the wide-spreading steppes in the midst of which lay the holy city of Moscow (Moscou, la ville sainte), the capital of a realm such as the Scythia into which Alexander the Great had marched- Napoleon unexpectedly, and contrary alike to strategic and diplomatic considerations, ordered an advance, and the next day his army began to cross the Niemen.
On their arriving at the Hotel de Ville, the Prince, pointing with his finger to the purse with the hundred thousand guilders, said to Cornelius, --
Otherwise, the governor would not be marched to the Hotel de Ville for judgment.
And so saying, Mazarin extended his hand to the officer, who sighed as he recognized the ring so gracefully given to him by the queen on the night of the ball at the Hotel de Ville and which she had repurchased from Monsieur des Essarts.
When this little army appeared before Melun, the chief magistrates came out to meet the king, and to present him with the keys of the city, and invited him to enter the Hotel de Ville, in order to partake of the wine of honor.
The City had Notre-Dame; the Town, the Louvre and the Hôtel de Ville; the University, the Sorbonne.
But when he saw the carriage take the way to La Greve, when he perceived the pointed roof of the Hotel de Ville, and the carriage passed under the arcade, he believed it was over with him.
One day, as some of our friends of the --th were sauntering in the flower-market of Brussels, having been to see the Hotel de Ville, which Mrs.