What Does The Suffix Ish Mean?


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Arlene Fernandes Profile
The suffix – ish is employed to mean of, being or pertaining to; as in Finnish. In this way it is added to represent nationality, language; as in Turkish. It could also be added to mean 'characteristic of'; as in the term boyish. It could also be used in a negative way to mean possessing the generally undesirable qualities of; as in the word childish. It could also be added to words to mean approximately or somewhat; as in the word bluish. This same suffix could also be used to mean tending toward; that is preoccupied with; as in the term selfish.

It could thus be added as a noun or as an adjective.

The suffix is Middle English; with its roots in the Old English -isc.
Aun Jafery Profile
Aun Jafery answered
"-ish" is a suffix used in the English language. It turns a noun into an adjective and lends the quality of the noun. More often then not the adjective lends more of negative aspect to its meaning, as in child becomes childish to imply immaturity.

ISH is possibly an acronym for the International School of Hamburg. The school offers diplomas in IB Programme. The school hosts students from across the globe. The reasons for students selecting the Institute vary from job relocations of their parents, cultural mixing or wanting an exposure to English. The school is located in Germany's Altona district. The NECIS sports program offered at the school includes Volleyball, Softball, Soccer, Rugby, Swimming and Basketball. There is also predictably a music program that includes Piano, Guitar, Singing, Drumming lessons etc.
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Stuti Ahuja answered
The suffix –ish is used to form adjectives from nouns. These nouns have a sense of "belonging to" (Danish, British, English) "having characteristics of", "after the manner of", "like" (babyish, girlish, mulish). It is "inclined or tending to" (bookish, freakish) "near or about" (fiftyish, redish, sevenish)
It is a suffix used to form adjectives from other adjectives from other adjectives. It also has a sense of "some what", "rather" (oldish, lateish, sweetish). The suffix –ish occurring in –stem verbs borrowed from the French like ravish.

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