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owlish

[ou-lish]
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adjective
  1. 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
Related formsowl·ish·ly, adjectiveowl·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for owlishly

Historical Examples

  • Trenchard shut one eye and owlishly surveyed his companion with the other.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • "You never can tell what will interest a woman," said Merrihew owlishly.

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

  • Perhaps she noticed him jump, for she stopped at once and stared at him owlishly.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • It would be owlishly humourless, uncritical, not to take Tolstoy seriously.

    The Critical Game

    John Albert Macy

  • Lucca stood off at a little distance studying him owlishly for a minute or two as he was chatting to me in the wings.


British Dictionary definitions for owlishly

owlish

adjective
  1. like an owl
  2. solemn and wise in appearance
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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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