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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Nationality & race
-ish-ish /ɪʃ/ suffix  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 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) snobbish4 [in adjectives]DISAPPROVE the ending of some adjectives that show disapproval selfish5 [in adjectives]SMALL rather syn quite youngish (=not very young, but not old either) tallish reddish hair6 [in adjectives] spokenAPPROXIMATELY approximately We’ll expect you around eightish (=at about eight o'clock). He’s fortyish (=about 40 years old).
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-ishchildishfoolish behaviorJewish traditionsthe Amish peoplethe British
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