-ish

adjective suffix

Definition of -ish

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

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

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

Origin and Etymology of -ish

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


-ISH Defined for English Language Learners

-ish

adjective suffix

Definition of -ish for English Language Learners

  • : almost or approximately


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