Meaning of -ISH in English


[-ish] adj suffix [ME, fr. OE -isc; akin to OHG -isc, -ish, Gk -iskos, dim. suffix] 1: of, relating to, or being--chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group "Finnish"

2. a: characteristic of "boyish" "Pollyannaish" b: inclined or liable to "bookish" "qualmish" 3 a: having a touch or trace of "purplish": somewhat "darkish" b: having the approximate age of "fortyish"

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