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 Bender had a monkish devotion to his work, and to Trump, who became his sole client. Peter Elkind, ProPublica, "Meet the Shadowy Accountants Who Do Trump’s Taxes and Help Him Seem Richer Than He Is," 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, "'James vs. His Future Self': Film Review," 30 Apr. 2020 The Event to Remember The dinner was in a monastery, but there was nothing monkish about the three-day event Bulgari hosted in Capri to celebrate a High Jewelry Collection inspired by the heyday of la dolce vita and Italian film. The Editors, Town & Country, "The 2020 Town & Country Jewelry Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 But the big pitch on the Dark Side turns out to be: Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to stand patiently in a quiet room wearing something monkish! Darren Franich,, "Return of the Jedi," 6 Nov. 2019 Because of his avoidance of publicity and his reportedly monkish immersion in the music, Petrenko has acquired a cultish mystique. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Kirill Petrenko’s Unadventurous Début at the Berlin Philharmonic," 9 Sep. 2019 Every day from roughly 10 until 1, Pullman sits at his desk in a monkish study at the top of the house and produces three pages, longhand. Sophie Elmhirst, New York Times, "Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World," 12 Oct. 2017 The cheeseburger was comparatively a more monkish affair. Bud Kennedy Matthew Martinez Robert Philpot Steve Wilson Eric Zarate, star-telegram, "Two Goliaths fall in the Burger Battle’s Sweet 16," 21 Sep. 2017 Maintaining a decade-long vow of silence takes monkish dedication and a certain stamina, and Justice Thomas has no modern competition. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "It’s Been 10 Years. Would Clarence Thomas Like to Add Anything?," 1 Feb. 2016

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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 Jul. 2020.

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