Meaning of ISH in English


Function: adjective suffix

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -isc; akin to Old High German -isc, -ish, Greek -iskos, diminutive suffix

1 : of, relating to, or being ― chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group <Finnish ish >

2 a : characteristic of <boy ish > <Pollyanna ish > b : inclined or liable to <book ish > <qualm ish >

3 a : having a touch or trace of <purpl ish > : somewhat <dark ish > b : having the approximate age of <forty ish >

Merriam Webster Collegiate English Dictionary.      Merriam Webster - Энциклопедический словарь английского языка.