monkish

adjective

monk·​ish ˈməŋ-kish How to pronounce monkish (audio)
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 Cillian Murphy is not sitting at home in monkish penury. Vulture, 3 Feb. 2024 The common remark that someone with a peaceful mind will enjoy isolation as monkish solitude whereas someone with a troubled mind will suffer solitude as imprisonment woefully misses the point that a monk typically isn’t in a 48-square-foot cell and is free to leave at any time. Sarah Fay, Longreads, 17 Mar. 2020 Except for stints spent travelling, his life was monkish, mostly spent at his Olympia typewriter or, as his projects required, in libraries and archives. Max Norman, The New Yorker, 12 Dec. 2022 Bankman-Fried had become a legend by pushing an image of monkish aloofness, vowing to forsake the allures of his extraordinary wealth - sleeping on beanbag chairs, driving a Toyota Corolla - and to give away his fortune for the greater good. Tim Craig, Drew Harwell, Nitasha Tiku, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Nov. 2022 Bankman-Fried had become a legend by pushing an image of monkish aloofness, vowing to forsake the allures of his extraordinary wealth — sleeping on beanbag chairs, driving a Toyota Corolla — and to give away his fortune for the greater good. Nitasha Tiku, Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of monkish was in 1537

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“Monkish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/monkish. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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