owl·​ish | \ˈau̇-lish \

Definition of owlish 

: resembling or suggesting an owl

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Other Words from owlish

owlishly adverb
owlishness noun

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The ordeal of Fu Xuedong—an owlish, soft-spoken man who seems stunned by his sudden notoriety—has vividly revealed the extent to which China’s commitment to the rule of law is conditional. The Economist, "Xi’s world order: July 2024," 7 July 2018 With an owlish visage and gravitas to spare, Domenici was part of an older generation of Republicans who sought compromise in crafting legislation. Stephen Miller, Bloomberg.com, "Pete Domenici, New Mexico's Deficit-Hawk Senator, Dies at 85," 13 Sep. 2017 Longtime le Carré readers will recognize Peter as the cool, circumspect British secret agent who was the sidekick and sounding board for George Smiley, the stout, owlish and implacably brilliant spymaster. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers: 'A Legacy of Spies' by John le Carre," 9 Sep. 2017 But at 65, his handsomeness is no less striking, with his mop of silver hair, owlish glasses and cool wardrobe of neutral tones. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda': Film Review | Venice 2017," 3 Sep. 2017 Mr. Guinness played le Carré’s frequent hero George Smiley: an owlish, soft-spoken, pathologically British intelligence chief whose nose for treachery is keen — developed in part, perhaps, by the experience of his wife’s serial infidelity. Terrence Rafferty, New York Times, "‘The Night Manager’ Brings John le Carré Back to the Small Screen," 15 Apr. 2016 Mills knelt at the foot of his bed in the Standard Hotel, on the Lower East Side, scrolling through photos on an iPad, exclaiming at a woman huffing glue and an owlish boy who died young. Adam Davidson, The New Yorker, "Mike Mills’s Anti-Hollywood Family Films," 9 Jan. 2017 There are times when Sarandon raises an eyebrow and cocks her head and suddenly there’s Bette, owlish and assessing. Richard Lawson, VanityFair.com, "The Claws Come Out in Feud, Though They’re Not as Sharp as You’d Think," 14 Feb. 2017

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First Known Use of owlish

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of owlish was in 1596

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English Language Learners Definition of owlish

: resembling or suggesting an owl

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