• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • -ish 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.
    • -ish A verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin; as, abolish, cherish, finish, furnish, garnish, impoverish .
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • -ish To go out; issue.
    • n -ish Issue; liberty and opportunity of going out.
    • n -ish A termination of Anglo-Saxon origin, used as a regular formative of adjectives. of adjectives from common nouns, signifying ‘of the nature of,’ ‘being like’ the object denoted by the noun, as animals, as in apish, bearish, cattish, doggish, eelish, hoggish, mulish, owlish, piggish, snakish, brutish, etc.; or persons or supposed beings, as babyish, boyish, childish, girlish, devilish, duncish, foolish, foppish, ghoulish, impish, roguish, etc.; or places, as hellish; or acts or qualities, as snappish, etc. In most of these words it has acquired by association with the noun a more or less depreciative or contemptuous force; and so in some other words, as mannish, womanish, in which the noun has no depreciative sense.
    • n -ish A termination of some English verbs of French origin, or formed on the type of such verbs, having no assignable force, but being merely a terminal relic. It occurs in abolish, astonish, banish, demolish, diminish, establish, finish, minish, punish, stablish, etc. In some verbs it appears in another form -ise, as in advertise. See -ise.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

It's you who spoil it with being sentimental and one-love-one-life-ish.
"Moor Fires" by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
You too mush gentleman not to help a poor old man, ven he ish in distress.
"Japhet in Search of a Father" by Frederick Marryat
It was some kin of Ishes out here I know.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Mishder repel, dot ish der gorporal fun my gumpany.
"How Private George W. Peck Put Down The Rebellion or, The Funny Experiences of a Raw Recruit - 1887" by George W. Peck
He is one pad poy, as you ish de wust Injin dot effer vasn't.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
Dere ish de card hanging ofer your hedt vot tells vot vos der matter mit you.
"Doctor Jones' Picnic" by S. E. Chapman
Felicity's going to wear a sort of Watteau-ish dress, pink and white and blue, you know.
"The Twelfth Hour" by Ada Leverson
In 1815 he won the day at New Or-le-ans, and put the Brit-ish troops to flight with great loss of life.
"Lives of the Presidents Told in Words of One Syllable" by Jean S. Remy
The case of Habib Ish-Shidiak at Kannubin is not yet forgotten.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
Trade is an ogre-ish beast!
"Punch or the London Charivari, Vol. 93, September 3, 1887" by Various

In poetry:

Fresh and strengthened for pursuing,
Scenting home within thy gleam--
Drink again the Don'ish horses,
Flowing boundary, of thy stream!
"To The Don" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
CHORUS: Ach! Mein fraulein!
You ish so ferry unkind!
You coes mit Hans to Zhermany to live,
And leaves poor Schnapps pehind,
And leaves poor Schnapps pehind.
"Corporal Schnapps" by Henry Clay Work
Lo! carpet-bag and bagger occupy the land,
And prove the touring season actively begun;
His personnel and purpose can none misunderstand,
For each upon his frontlet bears his honest brand--
The fool-ish one!
"The Tourist" by Hattie Howard

In news:

New- ish Waialae Iki home.
Ish slams door shut.
The Reader 's comprehensive- ish film review index.
Magic sign Ish Smith to help at point guard.
Ish Smith took a red-eye from Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, stuck in a middle seat, the bane of all travelers.
'The Rum Diary' review: in Puerto Rico, a young Hunter S Thompson- ish type gets his gonzo on.
Monroe's Sean Brady fin- ished ninth overall in 16:51 and Anthony Wohlfeil and Adam Russell ran well.
Remember those stalker-ish emails sent out by the Obama campaign all year.
A spoiler-ish discussion, after the jump.
The pop-rock hitmakers' first new LP in a decade is packed with U2-ish anthems and uptempo electro jams.
America opens at 9, which is to say 9-ish, which has become our saddest hour.
Two local opera companies make good(ish).
The compact Parsons is ideal for a small apartment: Its shallow depth hugs the wall, and since it doesn't look overbearingly desk-ish it can double as a console table or even a bar.
Easter is coming, and that means the ceremonial Unwrapping of the Peeps should begin around now(-ish).
Pigskin Picks goes international with My-Pole-Ish-Horseshoes.

In science:

Contrary to the AHE, however, we observe a dip and peak in the ISHE for weak ferromagnetic NiPd alloys below and above TC , respectively.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
We note that in the AHE measurements, the external field H was applied perpendicularly to the plane, which is different from the ISHE measurements (see Fig. 2b).
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
FIG. 1: Principles of the anomalous Hall and inverse spin Hall effects near TC in a weakly ferromagnetic metal. a, AHE (incident charge current JC ) and b, ISHE (incident spin current JS ).
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
The ISHE is based on the spin to charge current conversion, which follows the vector product as below: JC ∝ JS × sC where JC and JS are the charge and spin current density, sC is the spin orientation of the conduction electron.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations
From the field variation, the overall change of ISHE resistance RISHE (equal to VISHE divided by the charge current) can be observed.
The spin Hall effect as a probe of nonlinear spin fluctuations