from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- suffix Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
- suffix Characteristic of: girlish.
- suffix Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
- suffix Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
- suffix Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- suffix Typical or similar to.
- suffix Somewhat.
- suffix About, approximately.
- suffix Of a nationality, place, language or similar association with something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A suffix used to from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and sometimes has a diminutive force
- A verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To go out; issue.
- n. Issue; liberty and opportunity of going out.
- n. A termination of Anglo-Saxon origin, used as a regular formative of adjectives.
- n. A termination of some English verbs of French origin, or formed on the type of such verbs, having no assignable force, but being merely a terminal relic.
Middle English, from Old English -isc.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English -ish, -isch, from Old English -isc ("-ish", suffix), from Proto-Germanic *-iskaz (“-ish”), from Proto-Indo-European *-iskos. Cognate with Dutch -s, German -isch, Norwegian and Danish -isk, Lithuanian -iškas, and Ancient Greek diminutive suffix -ισκος (-iskos). (Wiktionary)