Definitions for -ish

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a suffix forming adjectives from nouns, with the meanings “pertaining to” (British; Spanish); “after the manner of,”“having the characteristics of,”“like” (babyish; girlish; mulish); “addicted to,”“inclined or tending to” (bookish; freakish); “near or about” (fiftyish; sevenish).

  2. a suffix forming adjectives from other adjectives, with the meanings “somewhat,”“rather” (oldish; reddish; sweetish).

Origin of -ish:

ME; OE -isc; c. OFris, OS, OHG -isc, Go -isks, Gk -iskos; akin to -esque


  1. a formative occurring in verbs borrowed from French (

    nourish; perish


    Category: Affix

Origin of -ish:

< F -iss-, extended s. of verbs with infinitives in -ir蠐 L -isc-, in inceptive verbs


  1. -ish(Suffix)

    Typical or similar to.

    Her face had a girlish charm.

  2. -ish(Suffix)


    Her face had a greenish tinge.

  3. Origin: From -ish, -isch, from -isc, from -iskaz, from -iskos. Cognate with -s, German -isch, Norwegian and Danish -isk, and Ancient Greek diminutive suffix -ισκος.

Webster Dictionary

  1. -ish

    a suffix used to from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and sometimes has a diminutive force; as, selfish, boyish, brutish; whitish, somewhat white

  2. -ish

    a verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin; as, abolish, cherish, finish, furnish, garnish, impoverish


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