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1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of the Huns.
2. often hunnish Barbarous; destructive.

Hun′nish·ness n.


1. (Historical Terms) of, relating to, or characteristic of the Huns
2. barbarously destructive; vandalistic
ˈHunnishly adv
ˈHunnishness n


(ˈhʌn ɪʃ)

1. Also, Hun•nic (-ɪk) of or pertaining to the Huns.
2. (sometimes l.c.) barbarous; destructive.
References in classic literature ?
The knoll was there, but the Hunnish brambles had overrun and all but obliterated its effete grasses; and the patrician garden-violet had capitulated to his plebeian brother--perhaps had merely reverted to his original type.
Freedom is a good investment, the safety of the British Empire from Hunnish horrors and the Prussian yoke is a good investment.
A "legend of ecclesiastical tradition" that Rome was spared during the Hunnish invasion when Saints Peter and Paul appeared to Attila and threatened him with instant death is rejected with Gibbon's characteristic impatience with miraculous interventions.
The Canadians were trapped by a new Hunnish trick, and were savagely slaughtered in the trapping.
Thus, in the south barbers were in the west of Africa, in the southeast there were the Arabs, in the west there were the Persians and in the northeast--Among the mountains of Ural, and Altai--settled down Asian bucolic peoples such as Scythians, Sarmatians, Hunnish, Franks, Bulgarians, Avars, Magyars, Mongolians and Turkish, and in the west of these peoples-Within the boundaries of any European--there were the Goths, Slav and Celts.