owlish

[ ou-lish ]
/ ˈaʊ lɪʃ /
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adjective

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

Nearby words

  1. owl's claws,
  2. owl's clover,
  3. owlet,
  4. owlet moth,
  5. owlet nightjar,
  6. owlishly,
  7. own,
  8. own brand,
  9. own goal,
  10. own medicine

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 owlishly

owlish

/ (ˈaʊlɪʃ) /

adjective

like an owl
solemn and wise in appearance
Derived Formsowlishly, adverbowlishness, noun

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Word Origin and History for owlishly

owlish

adj.

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

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