American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
- n. Characteristic of: girlish.
- n. Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
- n. Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
- n. Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go out; issue.
- n. Issue; liberty and opportunity of going out.
- n. A termination of Anglo-Saxon origin, used as a regular formative of adjectives. of adjectives from common nouns, signifying ‘of the nature of,’ ‘being like’ the object denoted by the noun, as animals, as in apish, bearish, cattish, doggish, eelish, hoggish, mulish, owlish, piggish, snakish, brutish, etc.; or persons or supposed beings, as babyish, boyish, childish, girlish, devilish, duncish, foolish, foppish, ghoulish, impish, roguish, etc.; or places, as hellish; or acts or qualities, as snappish, etc. In most of these words it has acquired by association with the noun a more or less depreciative or contemptuous force; and so in some other words, as mannish, womanish, in which the noun has no depreciative sense.
- n. A termination of some English verbs of French origin, or formed on the type of such verbs, having no assignable force, but being merely a terminal relic. It occurs in abolish, astonish, banish, demolish, diminish, establish, finish, minish, punish, stablish, etc. In some verbs it appears in another form -ise, as in
advertise. See -ise.
- n. appended to many kinds of words Typical or similar to.
- n. appended to adjectives Somewhat.
- n. About, approximately.
- n. appended to roots denoting names of nations or regions Of a nationality, place, language or similar association with something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- A suffix used to from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and sometimes has a diminutive force
- A verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin.
- From Middle English -ish, -isch, from Old English -isc ("-ish", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-iskaz (“-ish”), from Proto-Indo-European *-iskos. Cognate with Dutch -s, German -isch, Norwegian and Danish -isk, Lithuanian -iškas, and Ancient Greek diminutive suffix -ισκος (-iskos). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old English -isc. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From HBO-land: Game of Thrones' "imp"-ish Peter Dinklage is an obvious choice, ditto Boardwalk's fiery Kelly Macdonald, but I'm surprised Michael Shannon, as Boardwalk's twisted Prohibition agent, wasn't recognized.”
“It was clear from his Arabic that he was from the south—he used suffixes like -ish, the syntax and accent we knew from Umm Hassane.”
“I am organized (-ish); I am good at making decisions (unless it comes to restaurant choices); and, like most beneficiaries of a liberal arts education, I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I want and how I feel.”
“We just kind of came up with the concept loosely around a paradise kind of a vibe because that's what they wanted--they wanted a song that was "Almost Paradise"-ish, but not necessarily a duet.”
“After digesting tons of spiritual books and attending myriad workshops, then experimenting with what works for me, I've created my own "Reader's Digest"-ish shortcut to daily bliss.”
“Certainly not as much as the rest of Calle Ocho has changed since all those Cubans came over after the revolution, all those wrongedhidalgos who owned all thoseGone with the Wind -ish plantations where they were nice to their workers, and look what it got them: nothing but thathijo de puta Marxist and exile in the land of Mickey Mouse andlos hermanos Bush.”
“In forming an adjective, -esque strikes me as a more elegant suffix than -ish, as in enronish or the less critical enronlike.”
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