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  1. of or relating to the Huns.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) barbarous; destructive.
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Origin of Hunnish

First recorded in 1810–20; Hun + -ish1
Related formsHun·nish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for hunnish

Historical Examples

  • With Attila's death the might of the Hunnish Empire was broken.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • Also they realised the peril of the mainland from the Hunnish invasion.


    Dorothy Menpes

  • Nothing is heard of Iazyges or Sarmatae after the Hunnish invasions.

  • We had seen the last of that poor ship, stung to death by a Hunnish sea-asp.

  • Unsatisfied with the result, the Hunnish monarch advanced his camp.

British Dictionary definitions for hunnish


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the Huns
  2. barbarously destructive; vandalistic
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Derived FormsHunnishly, adverbHunnishness, noun
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