Main definitions of -ish in English

: -ish1-ish2

-ish1

suffix

  • 1(forming adjectives from nouns) having the qualities or characteristics of.

    ‘apish’
    ‘girlish’
    1. 1.1 (forming adjectives) of the nationality of.
      ‘Swedish’
  • 2(forming adjectives from adjectives) somewhat.

    ‘yellowish’
    1. 2.1informal (forming adjectives) denoting an approximate age or time of day.
      ‘sixish’

Origin

Old English -isc, of Germanic origin; related to Old Norse -iskr, German and Dutch -isch, also to Greek -iskos (suffix forming diminutive nouns).

Pronunciation

-ish

/ɪʃ/

Main definitions of -ish in English

: -ish1-ish2

-ish2

suffix

  • Forming verbs such as abolish, establish.

Origin

From French -iss- (from stems of verbs ending in -ir), from Latin -isc- (suffix forming inceptive verbs); compare with -ish.

Pronunciation

-ish

/ɪʃ/