Definition of -ish 

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

2a : characteristic of boyish Pollyannaish

b : inclined or liable to bookish qualmish

3a : having a touch or trace of purplish : somewhat darkish

b : having the approximate age of fortyish

History and Etymology for -ish

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

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English Language Learners Definition of -ish

: almost or approximately

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Kids Definition of -ish

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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