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-ish

adjective suffix

Simple Definition of -ish

  • : almost or approximately

Full Definition of -ish

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being —chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group <Finnish>

  2. 2 a :  characteristic of <boyish> <Pollyannaish> b :  inclined or liable to <bookish> <qualmish>

  3. 3 a :  having a touch or trace of <purplish> :  somewhat <darkish> b :  having the approximate age of <fortyish>

Origin of -ish

Middle English, from Old English -isc; akin to Old High German -isc, -ish, Greek -iskos, diminutive suffix


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