-ish
adjective suffix Etymology: Middle English, from Old English -isc; akin to Old High German -isc, -ish, Greek -iskos, diminutive suffix 1. of, relating to, or being — chiefly in adjectives indicating nationality or ethnic group <
Finnish
>
2. a. characteristic of <
boyish
>
<
Pollyannaish
>
b. inclined or liable to <
bookish
>
<
qualmish
>
3. a. having a touch or trace of <
purplish
>
; somewhat <
darkish
>
b. having the approximate age of <
fortyish
>

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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