monkish

[muhng-kish]
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Origin of monkish

First recorded in 1540–50; monk + -ish1
Related formsmonk·ish·ly, adverbmonk·ish·ness, noun
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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

monkish

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

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

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