monkish

adjective
monk·ish | \ ˈməŋ-kish \

Definition of monkish 

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a monk also : resembling that of a monk

2 : inclined to disciplinary self-denial

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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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