What does -ish mean?

-ish meaning in Etymology Dictionary

adjectival suffix, from Old English -isc, typical Germanic (cognates: Old Norse -iskr, German -isch, Gothic -isks), cognate with Greek diminutive suffix -iskos. Colloquially attached to hours to denote approximation, 1916.


-ish meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix accustomed from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and sometimes has actually a diminutive power; because, selfish, boyish, brutish; whitish, somewhat white.

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  • A verb closing, initially appearing in certain verbs of French source; since, abolish, cherish, complete, furnish, garnish, impoverish.

-ish meaning in General Dictionary

A suffix always from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and often has actually a diminutive force; since, selfish, boyish, brutish; whitish, notably white.

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  • A verb ending, initially showing up in certain verbs of French origin; because, abolish, cherish, finish, furnish, garnish, impoverish.