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

Origin of monkish

First recorded in 1540–50; monk + -ish1
Related formsmonk·ish·ly, adverbmonk·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for monkish

Contemporary Examples of monkish

Historical Examples of monkish

  • At sight of John's monkish habit he started with surprise and faltered uneasily.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • I took off my hat, that they might see I wore no monkish tonsure, and drank.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Monkish tales to prey upon their superstition, we were taught.

    The Lovely Lady

    Mary Austin

  • He needs no dungeon keeps and monkish cells to play about in—not he!

    Humorous Ghost Stories

    Dorothy Scarborough

  • Now this is not the cold speculation of age, or monkish austerity.

    The Young Man's Guide

    William A. Alcott

British Dictionary definitions for monkish



of, relating to, or resembling a monk or monks
Derived Formsmonkishly, adverbmonkishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for monkish

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

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