From French -esque (“-ish, -ic, -esque”), from Italian -esco, from Latin -iscus, from Lombardic -isc (“-ish”), from Proto-Germanic *-iskaz (“-ish”), from Proto-Indo-European *-iskos.
Cognate with Old High German -isc (German -isch), Old English -isc, Old Norse -iskr, Gothic -𐌹𐍃𐌺𐍃 (-isks).
- -esque: in the style of manner of
Borrowing from French -esque and Italian -esco.
- Used to form adjectives from nouns. Example: kafkaesk (“Kafkaesque”), from Kafka (“the writer Franz Kafka”)