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

Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near -ish

Cite this Entry

“-ish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/-ish. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

-ish

adjective suffix
ish
1
: of, relating to, or being
Finnish
2
a
: characteristic of
boyish
mulish
b
: somewhat
purplish
c
: having the approximate age of
fortyish
d
: being or occurring at the approximate time of
arrive around eightish
Etymology

Old English -isc (adjective suffix)

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