monkish

[ muhng-kish ]
/ ˈmʌŋ kɪʃ /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a monk: a monkish manner.

Nearby words

  1. monkeypod,
  2. monkeypot,
  3. monkeyshine,
  4. monkfish,
  5. monkhood,
  6. monkishly,
  7. monks,
  8. monks' mound,
  9. monkshood,
  10. monmouth

Origin of monkish

First recorded in 1540–50; monk + -ish1

Related formsmonk·ish·ly, adverbmonk·ish·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for monkish

monkish

/ (ˈmʌŋkɪʃ) /

adjective

of, relating to, or resembling a monk or monks
Derived Formsmonkishly, adverbmonkishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for monkish

monkish

adj.

"pertaining to a monk," 1540s, from monk (n.) + -ish. Related: Monkishly; monkishness.

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