ish


ish

  1. 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).
  2. a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives, with the sense of “somewhat,” “rather” (oldish; reddish; sweetish).

  1. a suffix occurring in i-stem verbs borrowed from French: ravish.

suffix forming adjectives

  1. of or belonging to a nationality or groupScottish
  2. often derogatory having the manner or qualities of; resemblingslavish; prudish; boyish
  3. somewhat; approximatelyyellowish; sevenish
  4. concerned or preoccupied withbookish

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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