1. Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
a. Characteristic of: girlish.
b. Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
3. Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
4. Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.
[Middle English, from Old English -isc.]
suffix forming adjectives
1. of or belonging to a nationality or group: Scottish.
2. often derogatory having the manner or qualities of; resembling: slavish; prudish; boyish.
3. somewhat; approximately: yellowish; sevenish.
4. concerned or preoccupied with: bookish.
[Old English -isc; related to German -isch, Greek -iskos]
1. a suffix forming adjectives from nouns, with the meanings “pertaining to” (British; Spanish); “after the manner of,” “having the characteristics of,” “like” (babyish; girlish; mulish); “addicted to,” “inclined or tending to” (bookish; freakish); “near or about” (fiftyish; sevenish).
2. a suffix forming adjectives from other adjectives, with the meanings “somewhat,” “rather” (oldish; reddish; sweetish).
[Middle English; Old English -isc; c. Old Frisian, Old Saxon, Old High German -isc, Gothic -isks, Greek -iskos; akin to -esque]
a formative occurring in verbs borrowed from French ( nourish; perish), used rarely to form verbs in English from Latin bases ( extinguish).
[< French -iss-, extended s. of verbs with infinitives in -ir « Latin -isc-, in inceptive verbs]