monk·​ish | \ ˈməŋ-kish How to pronounce monkish (audio) \

Definition of monkish

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a monk also : resembling that of a monk
2 : inclined to disciplinary self-denial

Examples of monkish in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Luhring Augustine exhibition presents an artist whose name has become almost synonymous with his single-minded dedication to the act of painting—and with, as an aspect of this, his stringent, monkish work habits. Sanford Schwartz, The New York Review of Books, 23 Feb. 2021 When a tone finally booms out, a monkish man is looking on in wonder—the icon painter Andrei Rublev. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 Neither of its two principal artist figures, the antic bell-founder and the monkish painter, can elude the cold eyes of earthly authority. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2021 With un-monkish mischief, Dhammaloka mailed a hoax obituary of himself to a newspaper in Calcutta, which was published. Tunku Varadarajan, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2020 There they were placed in a dormitory occupied mostly by Indians and Sri Lankans, as well as Jermaine Rogers, a 43-year-old American with a linebacker physique and a monkish demeanor. Doug Bock Clark, New York Times, 28 Oct. 2020 The 1991 beat-’em up is notorious for its difficulty, requiring superhuman reflexes and monkish levels of patience. Gieson Cacho, Star Tribune, 26 Aug. 2020 Bender had a monkish devotion to his work, and to Trump, who became his sole client. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, 8 May 2020 So Jimmy wants to prevent James from going down the monkish path that will lead to his breakthroughs. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 30 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of monkish

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Monkish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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