[ muhng-kish ]
See synonyms for monkish on
  1. of, relating to, or resembling a monk: a monkish manner.

Origin of monkish

First recorded in 1540–50; monk + -ish1

Other words from monkish

  • monk·ish·ly, adverb
  • monk·ish·ness, noun

Words Nearby monkish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use monkish in a sentence

  • A long process of reasoning could then be saved by reference to some obscure picture of monkish fancy.

  • And did God give you a grip of steel and an arm of iron to let them grow weak in some monkish cell?

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Among the monkish loot at St. Albans was an ancient cameo herewith reproduced.

    Archaic England | Harold Bayley

British Dictionary definitions for monkish


/ (ˈmʌŋkɪʃ) /

  1. of, relating to, or resembling a monk or monks

Derived forms of monkish

  • monkishly, adverb
  • monkishness, noun

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