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[moh-dish] /ˈmoʊ dɪʃ/
in the current fashion; stylish.
Origin of modish
First recorded in 1650-60; mode2 + -ish1
Related forms
modishly, adverb
modishness, noun
unmodish, adjective
unmodishly, adverb
smart, chic, fashionable, trendy. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for modish
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  • There was evidence of great care and taste in every fold of her modish dress.

    Wayside Courtships Hamlin Garland
  • Tis modish to say women are tender, Phoebe; more modish than true.

    The Maidens' Lodge Emily Sarah Holt
  • She wore a modish hat that was immensely becoming, and looked charming.

  • Judge then, if to me a lady of the modish taste could have been tolerable.

    Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded Samuel Richardson
  • Orson Vane's bias toward the theatre did not displease the modish.

    The Imitator Percival Pollard
  • And Anne, neither classic nor modish, still vaguely resembled her!

    The Gorgeous Isle

    Gertrude Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for modish


in the current fashion or style; contemporary
Derived Forms
modishly, adverb
modishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for modish

1650s, from mode (n.2) + -ish. "Very common in 17-18 c.; now somewhat arch[aic]." [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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