Origin of -ishMiddle English from Old English -isc, akin to German -isch, Classical Latin -iscus, Classical Greek -iskosforming adjectives
- of or belonging to (a specified nation or people): Spanish, Irish
- like or characteristic of: devilish, boyish
- tending to be or verging on being (a specified person or thing): knavish
- somewhat, rather: tallish, bluish
- Informal approximately, about: thirtyish, or about thirty years old
Origin of -ishME -ishen, -ischen, -issen < OFr -iss-, -is-, stem element in pres. tense < L -isc-, in inceptive verbsforming verbs: it was generalized from certain verbs of French origin: finish, cherish, punish
- Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
- a. Characteristic of: girlish.b. Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
- Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
- Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.
Origin of -ishMiddle English from Old English -isc
- Eye dialect spelling of is.
From the suffix -ish.
- The name of the letter which stands for the sh sound IPA: /ʃ/ in Pitman shorthand.