-ish /ɪʃ/ BrE AmE suffix
[ Language: Old English ; Origin: -isc ]
1 . [in nouns] the people or language of a particular country or place:
Are the British unfriendly?
learning to speak Turkish
2 . [in adjectives] of a particular place:
Spanish food (=from Spain)
3 . [in adjectives] typical of or like a particular type of person:
foolish behaviour (=typical of a fool)
Don’t be so childish! (=do not behave like a child)
4 . [in adjectives] the ending of some adjectives that show disapproval:
5 . [in adjectives] rather SYN quite :
youngish (=not very young, but not old either)
6 . [in adjectives] spoken ↑ approximately :
We’ll expect you eightish (=at about 8 o'clock) .
He’s fortyish (=about 40 years old) .