Definition of modish in US English:



  • Conforming to or following what is currently popular and fashionable.

    ‘it seems sad that such a scholar should feel compelled to use this modish jargon’
    • ‘How tragic is this modish contempt for the past and obsession with the sensation of the present.’
    • ‘What was once enigmatically mesmerising in this kind of modish Iranian movie is now redundant and exasperating.’
    • ‘Which leaves the visitor free to form opinions free of the critical and cultural pressure that comes with looking at consecrated classic or modish modern art.’
    • ‘So easily can the line between modish chic and outright pretension be crossed when the decor is not chosen with the deftest of touch in bars such as this.’
    • ‘There is another subject about which it is currently modish to express concern - political apathy among young people.’
    • ‘Car dealers, meanwhile, will expect that the updated format will inspire a rush of sales to modish motorists.’
    • ‘Few academics slog through Scott anymore, but English departments still need Scott scholars; you can jump the line of more modish tenure seekers, if you volunteer to play the frump.’
    • ‘The results for me are modish and enjoyable but never very exciting.’
    • ‘It is, she says, an admission of defeat, buying into the currently modish idea that men and women are fundamentally different and so can never live together in any kind of equality.’
    • ‘Stylishly dressed in black and sporting bold, contemporary jewellery, she exudes the modish vibrancy of a woman half her age.’
    • ‘The resulting design was a restrained gown of creamy white silk tastefully ornamented with a soft crushed rose velvet; both women agreed that pure white, although currently quite modish, did not suit.’
    • ‘But the chair is important to his father, Martin, the ex-policeman, who mentors with warmth and affection his two modish and conflicted sons.’
    • ‘But this modish mob doesn't just follow the trends, they also wear them.’
    • ‘Denizens of the world of art naturally see the whole thing rather differently, viewing a critical platform as a useful vehicle for the dissemination of, say, the latest modish orthodoxies.’
    • ‘By then his celebrity was well established and he wore a dark suit of shiny mohair in a modish cut.’
    • ‘These studio moments whispered the transient chic of a leopard-print tie and fingerless gloves, capturing a modish instant.’
    • ‘‘Arguably, the seventh most-renowned serious vocal ensemble in the world’, its five members turn up their snooty noses at anything remotely popular or modish.’
    • ‘Other varieties enjoying modish popularity in the late 1990s were Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, and some which have origins in the Rhône; Syrah and Viognier are foremost.’
    • ‘The area's five bike shops carry an array of full-suspension mountain bikes, body armor, and loose-fitting, modish clothing made for playing in the dirt.’
    • ‘Modern Italian cuisine is the order of the day, the setting is similarly modish.’
    fashionable, stylish, smart, chic, modern, contemporary, designer, all the rage, in vogue, trendsetting, voguish, up to the minute
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