commish

noun

com·​mish kə-ˈmish How to pronounce commish (audio)
plural commishes
US, informal
: commissioner
the police commish
People who can't make the march are encouraged to fax art to HPD [Department of Housing Preservation and Development] commish Deborah Wright … Esther Kaplan, The Village Voice, 24 May 1994
especially : the commissioner of an organized professional sport
Just as the controversy got interesting, the commish jetted to L.A. for an emergency player meeting and brokered a quick resolution. Geoff Shackelford, Golf World, 26 Apr. 2010

Word History

Etymology

by shortening and respelling

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of commish was in 1896

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“Commish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/commish. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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