owl + -ish
- IPA(key): /ˈaʊlɪʃ/
- Hyphenation: owl‧ish
owlish (comparative more owlish, superlative most owlish)
- Resembling or characteristic of an owl.
- 1914, Theodore Dreiser, The Titan, Chapter 26, 
- "You're very right," he said, with owlish smugness, adjusting a waistcoat button that had come loose, and smoothing his cuffs.
- 1951, Sinclair Lewis, World So Wide, Chapter 2, 
- He feebly wanted to get out of this, away from clucking nurses and Dr. Crittenham's owlish peering and the horrible scrambled eggs and cold toast.
- 1953, C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, Collins, 1998, Chapter 4,
- This owl imitated Trumpkin’s voice rather well, and there were sounds of owlish laughter all round.
- Wise and solemn. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
resembling or characteristic of an owl