from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See tonish, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective In the ton; fashionable; modish.

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  • adjective dated fashionable


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ton +‎ -ish. See French fr tone, style.


  • This gentleman also, in common with the rest of his tonnish brethren, is now daily, though unconsciously, hoarding up


  • These tonnish people, cordially as I despise them, lead the world; and if one has not a few of them in one's train, 'twere as well turn hermit.


  • And, in the next saunter of the tonnish triumvirs, Lord Newford, suddenly seeing with whom she was associated, stopt, and looking at her with an air of surprise, exclaimed, 'God bless me!


  • Reggie Carmarthen stood in Hyde Park beyond the end of Rotten Row, and studied the tonnish females currently gathered about the Avenue with a distinctly jaundiced eye.

    Hero Come Back

  • He possessed an even temperament, was not given to excess in any sphere, was experienced and assured in all tonnish matters, and was handsome enough — admittedly not the sort who drew eyes or stood out in a crowd, yet the ladies with whom he'd shared liaisons over the years had never complained.

    Hero Come Back

  • Gritting his teeth, Jemmy climbed up, doing his best to look as capable as any knight errant, but his tonnish intentions only got him into trouble.

    Hero Come Back

  • They hadn't met for some years; he suspected she avoided tonnish gatherings.

    Hero Come Back

  • It had been years since she'd graced tonnish entertainments — years since she'd worried about such things as compromising situations.

    Hero Come Back

  • He knew far too much of women, tonnish ladies especially, to take her acceptance for granted.

    Hero Come Back

  • He felt more at home, certainly more engaged than he did at similar purely tonnish gatherings.

    The Ideal Bride


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