-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 Pollyannaishb :  inclined or liable to bookish qualmish

  3. 3a :  having a touch or trace of purplish :  somewhat darkishb :  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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