- 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
- a suffix occurring in i-stem verbs borrowed from French: ravish.
Origin of -ish2
Examples from the Web for ish
I know that one day in the near (ish) future, we will return to our usual hikes and bike rides.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
Ish and his wife and two young sons are expected to receive their visas and join us here within a month.The US Is Dragging Its Feet When It Comes to Helping Afghan Translators
Ann Scott Tyson
April 13, 2014
It being an off time, 7:30-ish on a Sunday night, only a few of those multiple check-out lanes were open.A Textbook "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Moment
June 24, 2013
Is it his plastic, Bob Forehead–ish personality and carriage?Michael Tomasky on Newt Gingrich's Momentary Explosion of GOP Support
November 15, 2011
“Ish ver shorry you go get the money for the two cameels,” said he.The Giraffe Hunters
I doubt it may be but a rusty instrument for want of use, the ——ish heart.The Letters of Charles Dickens
But then the curse said, ‘A daughter of Ish,’ and she was a child of Japhet.The Wonderful Story of Ravalette
Paschal Beverly Randolph
Ish was wearing the look with which he always reacted to the unfamiliar.
Ish lit the cigarette and flipped his lighter shut with a snap of the lid.
- slang used to express reservation or qualified assentThings are looking up. Ish
- of or belonging to a nationality or groupScottish
- often derogatory having the manner or qualities of; resemblingslavish; prudish; boyish
- somewhat; approximatelyyellowish; sevenish
- concerned or preoccupied withbookish
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.