owlish

[ ou-lish ]
/ ˈaʊ lɪʃ /

adjective

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

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Origin of owlish

First recorded in 1605–15; owl + -ish1

OTHER WORDS FROM owlish

owl·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 forms of owlish

owlishly, adverbowlishness, noun
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