an adjective suffix indicating style, manner, resemblance, or distinctive character: arabesque; Romanesque; picturesque.

< French < Italian -escoGermanic; see -ish1

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suffix forming adjectives
indicating a specified character, manner, style, or resemblance: picturesque; Romanesque; statuesque; Chaplinesque
[via French from Italian -esco, of Germanic origin; compare -ish]

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Fr. -esque "like, in the manner of," from It. -esco, like M.L. -iscus from a Germanic source (cf. O.H.G. -isc, Ger. -isch, English -ish (see -ish).
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