-ish

[[t]-ɪʃ[/t]]
1) SUFFIX -ish is added to adjectives to form adjectives which indicate that someone or something has a quality to a small extent. For example, something that is largish is fairly large.

She is tallish, brown-haired, and clear-skinned...

With her was a youngish man in a dinner jacket.

...a tank of greenish water.

2) SUFFIX -ish is added to nouns and names to form adjectives which indicate that someone or something is like a particular kind of person or thing. For example, `childish' means like a child, or typical of a child.

She had entirely lost her girlish chubbiness.

...a man of monkish appearance.

...his affecting, Tom Petty-ish voice.

3) SUFFIX -ish is added to words referring to times, dates, or ages to form words which indicate that the time or age mentioned is approximate.

I'll call you guys tomorrow. Noon-ish...

The nurse was fiftyish.


English dictionary. 2008.

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