owlish

[ ou-lish ]
/ ˈaʊ lɪʃ /
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adjective

resembling or characteristic of an owl: His thick glasses give him an owlish appearance.

Origin of owlish

First recorded in 1605–15; owl + -ish1
Related formsowl·ish·ly, adjectiveowl·ish·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for owlish

owlish

/ (ˈaʊlɪʃ) /

adjective

like an owl
solemn and wise in appearance
Derived Formsowlishly, adverbowlishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for owlish

owlish


adj.

1610s, from owl + -ish. Related: Owlishly; owlishness.

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