I have a memory of a small, immaculately uniformed man with a sharp, foxish
nose and a ringingly clear voice.
The same suffix appears in adjectives derived from common nouns, and having the sense 'of the nature of, similar to'; from OE: cherlish, hevenish, mennish, thedish, etc.; of early ME formation: elvish, liflsh, shepish, etc.; of later ME formation: coltish, doggish, feverish, folish, foxish
, knavish, etc.