Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • suffix Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
  • suffix Characteristic of: girlish.
  • suffix Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
  • suffix Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
  • suffix Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • suffix Typical or similar to.
  • suffix Somewhat.
  • suffix About, approximately.
  • suffix Of a nationality, place, language or similar association with something.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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 The 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.
  • 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.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English -isc.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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)

Examples

  • 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.

    Critic's Notebook: The Emmy Nominations

  • 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.

    Day of Honey

  • 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.

    Cailin Goldberg-Meehan: Decisions, Decisions

  • 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.

    Mike Ragogna: From Heart To "Heartbreaker" And A Side Of Canucks: Chatting With Loverboy's Mike Reno

  • 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.

    Meryl Davids Landau: 7 Shortcuts 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.

    Dream State

  • In forming an adjective, -esque strikes me as a more elegant suffix than -ish, as in enronish or the less critical enronlike.

    The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time

  • And so now you're going to have the amortization for the programming costs, or cost of revenues grow roughly in line with our cash spend, which is going to be in the 7% to 8%-ish range is where our cash spend has been in content.

  • So at this point, you're at a much more now normalized moving into the fourth quarter going forward, and that will be that kind of the high -- that 7% to 8%-ish growth rate of cost of reps.

  • We will see -- and this is all of the semi, probably 30%-ish in logic, and probably 20% in memory.

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