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a suffix used to form adjectives from nouns, with the sense of “belonging to” (British; Danish; English; Spanish); “after the manner of,” “having the characteristics of,” “like” (babyish; girlish; mulish); “addicted to,” “inclined or tending to” (bookish; freakish); “near or about” (fiftyish; sevenish).
a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives, with the sense of “somewhat,” “rather” (oldish; reddish; sweetish).
Origin of -ish1
Middle English; Old English -isc; cognate with German -isch, Gothic -isks, Greek -iskos; akin to -esque


a suffix occurring in i -stem verbs borrowed from French:
< French -iss-, extended stem of verbs with infinitives in -irLatin -isc-, in inceptive verbs Unabridged
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  • One of the shocked technicians was trying to pull her away, and ish made no move to stop him.

    Desire No More Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • ish ver shorry you go get the money for the two cameels,” said he.

    The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
  • And I thanks you, and ish much opliged to you for dis offer to makes my fortune.

    The Von Toodleburgs F. Colburn Adams
  • ish was wearing the look with which he always reacted to the unfamiliar.

    Desire No More Algirdas Jonas Budrys
  • The chief, coming forward, uttered a loud yell ending in ‘ish,’ which was oftentimes repeated during the dance.

  • ish lit the cigarette and flipped his lighter shut with a snap of the lid.

    Desire No More Algirdas Jonas Budrys
British Dictionary definitions for ish


sentence substitute
(slang) used to express reservation or qualified assent: Things are looking up. Ish


of or belonging to a nationality or group: Scottish
(often derogatory) having the manner or qualities of; resembling: slavish, prudish, boyish
somewhat; approximately: yellowish, sevenish
concerned or preoccupied with: bookish
Word Origin
Old English -isc; related to German -isch, Greek -iskos
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Word Origin and History for ish


adjectival suffix, from Old English -isc, common Germanic (cf. Old Norse -iskr, German -isch, Gothic -isks), cognate with Greek diminutive suffix -iskos. Colloquially attached to hours to denote approximation, 1916.

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isolated systolic hypertension
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