ish

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See also: -ish and Ish

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From is

Verb[edit]

ish

  1. Eye dialect spelling of is.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the suffix -ish.

Adverb[edit]

ish (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) somewhat, reasonably, fairly
    "How was the film?" "It was good, ish."
    The exam went well, ish.
  2. (colloquial) about, approximately
    • 1974, Kingsley Amis, Ending up‎, page 11:
      'With luck, about twelve.' 'Ah,' said Bernard. 'Twelve-thirty. Ish.'
    • 2007, Marne Davis Kellogg, Friends in High Places, page 283:
      How old are you? Fifty-ish?" / "Ish." / The color flared in her cheeks but she didn't look as though she were going to shoot me.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Pitman ess and eff, which it resembles phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents. The change in vowel probably reflects the familiar suffix -ish.

Noun[edit]

ish (plural ishes)

  1. The name of the letter which stands for the sh sound IPA(key): /ʃ/ in Pitman shorthand.
Related terms[edit]
  • esh, the IPA letter for the same sound
  • zhee

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