-ish

adjective suffix

Definition of -ish

1 :of, relating to, or being chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group
  • Finnish
2 a :characteristic of
  • boyish
  • Pollyannaish
b :inclined or liable to
  • bookish
  • qualmish
3 a :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


-ISH Defined for Kids

-ish

adjective suffix \ ish \

Definition of -ish for Students

1 :of, relating to, or being
  • Finnish
2 :characteristic of
  • boyish
3 :somewhat
  • purplish
4 :about (as an age or a time)

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