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  • adj. Close to the number forty
  • adj. About forty years old.
  • n. Any number close to forty.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

forty +‎ -ish


  • Spade was at a table set for afternoon tea when the fortyish matron entered from Spokane's Sprague Avenue.

    Excerpt: Spade & Archer by Joe Gores

  • Lots of Baby Boomers were fortyish and wanted to hang on to what was left of their youth and vitality.

    Roseanne Archy

  • She said her name was Mary Mallon, and described her as fortyish, tall, heavy, Irish from Ireland, in perfect health, and not known to have ever had an attack of the typhoid.


  • In one break it appeared alongside my current bete noire, the one where a fortyish chap, with a look on his face that I suspect is intended to be misty-eyed romanticism, talks about how instead of doing the weekly shop he would rather be watching the waves break on the shore, or walking with his lovely wife and kids in the park, or be in bed making love to his lovely wife.

    Magical weekend in Cardiff is in a league of its own

  • "Hello, Stephanie," the fortyish man with horn-rimmed spectacles and a pin-striped dress-shirt replied.

    Stephanie Consults Her Clipboard [Card #7: The Chariot (WORK-IN-PROGRESS — v.5)]

  • Single and fortyish, Greenberg is intelligent, witty, sharp-tongued – and, like Florence, something of a lost soul; he is at a crossroads in his life.

    5 Movie Clips from Noah Baumbach’s GREENBERG Starring Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig and Rhys Ifans –

  • Woman in the doctor's office this morning, blonde, fortyish, in short denim skirt, flip flops, attractive but with very tired eyes and drawn cheeks, talking on her blue tooth:

    Lance Mannion:

  • Mr. Raban's phrase-making wit is much in evidence throughout these pages "He was fortyish, with a narrow, sallow face and a limp moustache like a drowned vole", and there is something refreshing about a first-rate writer whose stories are literate and sophisticated but never self-consciously "literary" or in any way connected to the faculty lounge.

    An Englishman Lights Out

  • She bled from the stomach, and her parents, a fortyish, well-dressed couple, were stooped over her writhing body, the mother screaming at no one and everyone to call for help, the father frozen, helpless to do anything but stroke his mustache and blink back tears.

    The Secret of Healers and Monsters

  • A fortyish librarian with a sweet face stood up and said she had never been married and never even had a date.



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