monkish

adjective
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 result was clothing whose discreet, sometimes almost monkish, style was as pronouncedly unmistakable as its unique fabrication. Luke Leitch, Vogue, 9 Aug. 2022 And yet there is no contemporary athlete who seems to relish an almost monkish attitude to self-denial and suffering as Nadal. John Blake, CNN, 27 May 2022 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, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 11 Mar. 2021 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, 11 Mar. 2021 The women shimmered in sequins and the men wore monkish mullets — short in the front, long in the back, shaved around the ears. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of monkish

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Aug 2022

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“Monkish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkish. Accessed 20 Aug. 2022.

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