in the current fashion; stylish.

Origin of modish

First recorded in 1650–60; mode2 + -ish1
Related formsmod·ish·ly, adverbmod·ish·ness, nounun·mod·ish, adjectiveun·mod·ish·ly, adverb

Synonyms for modish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for modish

Contemporary Examples of modish

Historical Examples of modish

  • 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.

  • Orson Vane's bias toward the theatre did not displease the modish.

    The Imitator

    Percival Pollard

British Dictionary definitions for modish



in the current fashion or style; contemporary
Derived Formsmodishly, adverbmodishness, 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].

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