ish – Wiktionary



Etymology 1[edit]

From is



  1. Pronunciation spelling of is.

Etymology 2[edit]

From the suffix -ish.


ish (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) considerably, fairly, pretty

    The examination went properly… largely… ish.

    “Was the movie any good?” – “Ish.”

    • 26 Might 2012, Jason VandenBerghe, “The 5 Domains of Play”, Gotland Recreation Convention, Uppsala College:
      That is the place I began. Does Hermione like Darkish Souls? Ish.
  2. (colloquial) about, roughly
    • 1974, Kingsley Amis, Ending up, web page 11:

      ‘With luck, about twelve.’ ‘Ah,’ mentioned Bernard. ‘Twelve-thirty. Ish.’

    • 2007, Marne Davis Kellogg, Buddies in Excessive Locations, web page 283:

      How outdated are you? Fifty-ish?” / “Ish.” / The colour flared in her cheeks however she did not look as if she had been going to shoot me.

  • (considerably): pretty, slightly, considerably
  • (roughly): about, virtually, round, shut to, loosely, close to, practically, roughly, spherical about

Etymology 3[edit]

From Pitman ess and eff, which it resembles phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents. The change in vowel in all probability displays the acquainted suffix -ish.


ish (plural ishes)

  1. The letter which stands for the sh sound /ʃ/ in Pitman shorthand.
Associated phrases[edit]
  • esh, the IPA letter for a similar sound
  • zhee

Etymology 4[edit]

Phonetic spelling of the clipping of concern.


ish (plural ishes)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) An instalment of a periodical; a difficulty.
    • 1939 August 5, Tucker, Bob, Le Zombie[1], quantity 10, web page 3:

      “A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS” DEPT: Fantasy Digest says in it is[sic] newest ish: Quote: Some unpleasantness was brought about when Don Wollheim and his brother Futurians weren’t allowed within the Conference Corridor. Unquote.
    • 1961 July, Scithers, George H., Amra, quantity 2, quantity 16, web page 2:

      Subsequent ish: a information to who’s who of the Howard heroes within the centerspread.

    • 1967 June, Maynard, Drake, If, quantity 17, quantity 6, web page 160:

      My sincerest apologies to Brother Ron Smith within the December ish.

Derived phrases[edit]

Etymology 5[edit]

Minced oath for shit.


ish (uncountable)

  1. (euphemistic) Shit.
    • 2010, Jill Murray, Break On Via, web page 15:

      Anybody, actually, however severely, you’d suppose that individuals whose very ardour will depend on their lungs would wish to reduce that ish out

    • 2012, Dipal Parikh, Strolling with Krishna: Primarily based on True Life Occasions, web page 154:

      I owe you numerous Dipal, so put that ish away.

    • 2013, Ivy McQuain, Get Your Head Out of the Clouds, This Is Enterprise, web page 25:

      Now, it is time to get your ish collectively.

    • 2015, Ni-Ni Simone, Amir Abrams, Lights, Love & Lip Gloss, web page 51:
      I handed on that craziness. I wasn’t messing with that ish.




Various varieties[edit]





  1. chase hen away


From Proto-Nahuan *iːx-, from Proto-Uto-Aztecan *pusi. Evaluate Classical Nahuatl īxtli (eye). Cognate with Yaqui puusim, Hopi poosi'(at), Comanche pui, Shoshone buih, Cahuilla púchill, and Cora hɨʔɨsi.



-īsh (plural -ijīsh)

  1. eye, (generally “face” in compounds)
    Shiktzajtzakwa ne muish!

    Shut your eyes!
  2. seed, grain
    Tikichkwat ne tal ipal tiktukat ne ish ne kakawat

    We plough the land to plant the cacao seed
  3. eyehole, gap, opening
  4. bead



  1. concern; liberty of going out


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