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English definition of “-ish”

-ish

suffix uk   /-ɪʃ/ us  

-ish suffix (FROM PLACE)

used to form adjectives and nouns that say what country or area a person, thing, or language comes from: Spanish dancing Are you English? I've always liked the Irish (= people from Ireland). Do you speak Swedish?

-ish suffix (LIKE)

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

-ish suffix (QUITE)

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