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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  -ish  \-ish\  [AS.  -isc;  akin  to  G.  -isch,  OHG.  -isc,  Goth.  &  Dan. 
  -isk,  Gr  ?.  Cf  {-esque}.] 
  A  suffix  used  to  from  adjectives  from  nouns  and  from 
  adjectives.  It  denotes  relation,  resemblance,  similarity,  and 
  sometimes  has  a  diminutive  force;  as  selfish,  boyish, 
  brutish;  whitish,  somewhat  white. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  -ish  \-ish\  [OE.  -issen,  fr  F.  -is,  -iss-  (found  in  the  present 
  particle,  etc.,  of  certain  verbs,  as  finir  to  finish,  fleurir 
  to  flourish),  corresponding  to  L.  -escere,  an  inchoative 
  ending.] 
  A  verb  ending,  originally  appearing  in  certain  verbs  of 
  French  origin;  as  abolish,  cherish,  finish,  furnish, 
  garnish,  impoverish. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ish 
  adj  :  (suffix)  resembling  or  characteristic  of  something 
  specified;  "the  `ish'  in  `boyish  enthusiasm'  and  the 
  `ly'  in  `housewifely  duties'  and  the  `y'  in  `a  long 
  horsy  face'  are  all  suffixes  with  similar  semantic 
  import"  [syn:  {ish(ip)},  {ly(ip)},  {y(ip)}] 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  ISH 
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