off·​ish ˈȯ-fish How to pronounce offish (audio)
offishness noun

Examples of offish in a Sentence

she was consistently surly and offish with the would-be suitors who came calling
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Word History


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First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of offish was in 1827

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“Offish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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