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

  • adj. Resembling a block, as in shape.

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  • adj. Like a block in shape or nature; coming across as a block.
  • adj. Lacking understanding; stupid; obtuse; dull.
  • adj. Rude; clumsy; rough.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Like a block; deficient in understanding; stupid; dull.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Like a block; stupid; dull; deficient in understanding: as, “blockish Ajax,”

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling a block in shape


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block +‎ -ish


  • The first hardcover edition came out, what, six, seven years ago, the jacket featuring the title (The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov) in blockish paper-cut-out letters, lepidoptery-pinned to a pale blue background.

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  • We strolled outside, squinted our eyes at the brilliant sun burning behind blockish brick apartment buildings.


  • At the Queensland Theatre Company, a blockish gray building at the foot of one of the bridges across the swollen Brisbane River, staff said they had cleared equipment from the stage and were preparing to evacuate over the course of the afternoon.

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  • I always felt square and sort of lumpy and blockish next to her, and, since we were so close in age and grew up together, that was my main point of comparison.

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  • The double doors were closed, but they were also, he realized as he neared them, bolted shut with a heavy chain wound through each handle and held fast with a blockish padlock.

    The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • Pickaxe, grosse feeding and labour, do quench al sensual and fleshly concupiscence, yea, in such as till and husband the ground, by making them dull, blockish, and (almost) meere senslesse of understanding.

    The Decameron

  • Now it fortuned, that Calandrino (who had but a grosse and blockish memory) had quite forgot the name of the stone, and therefore said.

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  • Thales, seeing us admiring the insolence of the man, declared he was a fellow naturally of a blockish, stupid disposition; for when he was

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Promiscuously and indefatigable to pursue all sorts of pleasures I own to be brutish, and to avoid all with a suitable aversion equally blockish, let the mind then freely enjoy such pleasures as are agreeable to its nature and temper.

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • Stevenson had the sport – impulse at the depths of his nature, but he also had, perhaps he had inherited, an instinct for work in more blockish material, for lighthouse – building and iron – founding.

    Robert Louis Stevenson


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