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Language: Old English
Origin: -isc

-ish

suffix
     
Related topics: Nationality and Race
-ish
1 [in nouns]SAN the people or language of a particular country or place:
Are the British unfriendly?
learning to speak Turkish
She's Swedish.
2 [in adjectives]SAN of a particular place:
Spanish food (=from Spain)
3 [in adjectives] typical of or like a particular type of person:
foolish behaviour (=typical of a fool)
Don't be so childish! (=do not behave like a child)
snobbish
4 [in adjectives] the ending of some adjectives that show disapproval:
selfish
5 [in adjectives] rather [= quite]:
youngish (=not very young, but not old either)
tallish
reddish hair
6 [in adjectives] spoken approximately:
We'll expect you eightish (=at about 8 o'clock).
He's fortyish (=about 40 years old).

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