What does -ish mean?

Definitions for -ish

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  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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of -ish in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of -ish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lotte Akiko Nielsen:

    He came across as a sullen, scary and Terminator-ish type.

  2. Kevin Kimmel:

    The thing that stuck out was that this was an old RV with black curtains which wasn't very family-ish.

  3. Travis Rieder:

    One of the things that we could do that’s kind of (at) least policy-ish is we could encourage our culture and our norms to change, right?

  4. Rob Meyerson:

    We think we’ll start flying passengers in 2017, these will be test engineers. Then we’ll sell tickets. I imagine Jeff and I will fly in the 2018-ish time frame.

  5. Greg Fuzesi:

    The medium-term inflation forecast remains low-ish, which creates the risk of an unanchoring of inflation expectations, ending quantitative easing in March would also cause an unwanted tightening in financial conditions.

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