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Ish10

clipping adjective
“roughly” or “sort of.”
 
It is often added as a kind of modifier after the word it is modifying, yet as its own separate word (e.g. “I brought twenty bags. Ish.”). Ish has been gaining popularity slowly for a while. It is more likely to be used in informal situations, and often as an extra indicator of uncertainty (e.g. “It kind of has twenties’ vibe! Ish.” The coinage of “ish” as a separate word makes sense because it conveys a kind of uncertainty and idea of approximation that no other word can convey.
Etymology : Ish is a word that was formed by using the suffix “-ish” as its own word. As a suffix, -ish means “having the characteristics of.” As its own adjective, ish means “roughly” or “sort of.”
Source : “I watch maybe seven hours of TV a week. Ish. “ (paraphrased from spoken language). Oct. 2016
Last modified: 3 December 2016


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