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Webster 1913 Edition


-ish

-ish

.
[AS.
-isc
; akin to G.
-isch
, OHG.
-isc
, Goth. & Dan.
-isk
, Gr. [GREEK]. Cf.
-esque
.]
A suffix used to from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes
relation
,
resemblance
,
similarity
, and sometimes has a
diminutive
force;
as, self
ish
, boy
ish
, brut
ish
; whit
ish
, somewhat white.

-ish

.
[OE.
-issen
, fr. F.
-is
,
-iss-
(found in the present particle, etc., of certain verbs, as
finir
to finish,
fleurir
to flourish), corresponding to L.
-escere
, an inchoative ending.]
A verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin;
as, abol
ish
, cher
ish
, fin
ish
, furn
ish
, garn
ish
, impover
ish
.

Definition 2021


-ish

-ish

See also: ish, Ish, and -ísh

English

Suffix

-ish

  1. (appended to many kinds of words) Typical or similar to.
    Her face had a girlish charm.
    • 1859, Harriet Parr (as Holme Lee), Against Wind and Tide, volume 1, p. 273:
      [] ; for she had recently developed a magpie[-]ish tendency to appropriate and conceal trifling matters; []
  2. (appended to adjectives) Somewhat.
    Her face had a greenish tinge.
    • 1935, George Goodchild, chapter 5, in Death on the Centre Court:
      By one o'clock the place was choc-a-bloc. […] The restaurant was packed, and the promenade between the two main courts and the subsidiary courts was thronged with healthy-looking youngish people, drawn to the Mecca of tennis from all parts of the country.
  3. (appended to numbers, especially times and ages) About, approximately.
    We arrived at tennish; We arrived tennish. (Sometime around ten.)
    I couldn't tell his precise age, but he was fiftyish.
  4. (appended to roots denoting names of nations or regions) Of a nationality, place, language or similar association with something.
    British, Cornish, Danish, English, Finnish, Irish, Jewish, Kentish, Scottish, Spanish, Swedish etc.

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Manx

Suffix

-ish

  1. -ish (language)

Usage notes

  • Added to names of places or peoples to denote the language spoken in that place or by that people.

Suffix

-ish

  1. -self (emphatic)

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