-ish Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “-ish” in the English Dictionary

"-ish" in British English

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uk   us   /-ɪʃ/

-ish suffix (FROM PLACE)

used to ​formadjectives and ​nouns that say what ​country or ​area a ​person, thing, or ​language comes from: Spanishdancing Are you ​English? I've always ​liked the ​Irish (= ​people from Ireland). Do you ​speakSwedish?

-ish suffix (LIKE)

used to ​formadjectives that say what a ​person, thing, or ​action is like: foolish childish

-ish suffix (QUITE)

used to ​formadjectives to give the ​meaning to some ​degree; ​fairly: He had a ​sort of ​reddishbeard. She was ​oldish - about 60, I'd say. We'll ​start at sevenish (= about seven o'clock).
(Definition of -ish from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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