Germanish

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

  • germanish

EtymologyEdit

From German +‎ -ish. Cognate with Dutch Germaans (Germanic), German germanisch (Germanic), Swedish germansk (Germanic).

AdjectiveEdit

Germanish (comparative more Germanish, superlative most Germanish)

  1. Germanic.
    • 1934, Clemence Dane, The Babyons: the chronicle of a family:
      [...] till at last it wrote in a Germanish hand, with the m's and the r's and the l's all exactly alike, [...]
    • 2004, Eugene Davidson, The Unmaking of Adolf Hitler:
      The new Italian Roman Empire and the new germanish-German Reich are actually the oldest of presences.
  2. German.
    • 1992, Michael Collins, The man who dreamt of lobsters:
      "What's dis about Peggy readin Germanish books? Sure she can't understand the Germanish language," he said in an irreverent, mocking tone.
  3. Of, like, or resembling anything German.
    • 2010, Laura Hillenbrand, Unbroken:
      [...] at everyone in uniform, and stole anything Germanish that they could pry loose.
  4. German-like; somewhat German.
    • 1882, The century illustrated monthly magazine:
      He had a grand stage presence, a voice noble in quality and in volume, a fine dramatic style of singing, with tragic power, and humor, too, although these were rather Germanish; [...]
    • 1996, David Foster Wallace, Infinite jest: a novel:
      The sharp-nosed round-cheeked dead-eyed nurse with a weird Germanish accent that would sell Gately little sampler bottles [...]
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