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See also: -ish and Ish



Etymology 1[edit]

From is



  1. Eye dialect spelling of is.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the suffix -ish.


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.

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.


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

Etymology 4[edit]

Phonetic spelling of the clipping of issue.


ish (plural ishes)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) An instalment of a periodical; an issue.
    • 1939 August 5, "Bob" Tucker, Le Zombie, number 10, page 3: 
      "A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS" DEPT: Fantasy Digest says in it's[sic] latest ish: Quote: Some unpleasantness was caused when Don Wollheim and his brother Futurians were not allowed in the Convention Hall. Unquote.
    • 1961 July, George H. Scithers, Amra, volume 2, number 16, page 2: 
      Next ish: a guide to who is who of the Howard heroes in the centerspread.
    • 1967 June, Drake Maynard, If, volume 17, number 6, page 160: 
      My sincerest apologies to Brother Ron Smith in the December ish.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 5[edit]

Minced oath for shit.


ish (uncountable)

  1. Shit.
    • 2010, Jill Murray, Break On Through, page 15:
      Anyone, really, but seriously, you'd think that people whose very passion depends on their lungs would want to cut that ish out
    • 2012, Dipal Parikh, Walking with Krishna: Based on True Life Events, page 154:
      I owe you a lot Dipal, so put that ish away.
    • 2013, Ivy McQuain, Get Your Head Out of the Clouds, This Is Business, page 25:
      Now, it's time to get your ish together.