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See also: Ish, -ish, and -ísh




Etymology 1Edit

From is



  1. Eye dialect spelling of is.

Etymology 2Edit

From the suffix -ish.


ish (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) somewhat, reasonably, fairly
    The exam went well, ish.
    "Was the film any good?" – "Ish."
  2. (colloquial) about, approximately
    • 1974, Kingsley Amis, Ending up‎, page 11:
      'With luck, about twelve.' 'Ah,' said Bernard. 'Twelve-thirty. Ish.'
    • 2007, Marne Davis Kellogg, Friends in High Places, page 283:
      How old are you? Fifty-ish?" / "Ish." / The color flared in her cheeks but she didn't look as though she were going to shoot me.

Etymology 3Edit

From Pitman ess and eff, which it resembles phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents. The change in vowel probably reflects the familiar suffix -ish.


ish (plural ishes)

  1. The letter which stands for the sh sound /ʃ/ in Pitman shorthand.
Related termsEdit
  • esh, the IPA letter for the same sound
  • zhee

Etymology 4Edit

Phonetic spelling of the clipping of issue.


ish (plural ishes)

  1. (dated, fandom slang) An instalment of a periodical; an issue.
    • 1939 August 5, Tucker, "Bob", Le Zombie[1], number 10, page 3:
      "A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS" DEPT: Fantasy Digest says in it's[sic] latest ish: Quote: Some unpleasantness was caused when Don Wollheim and his brother Futurians were not allowed in the Convention Hall. Unquote.
    • 1961 July, Scithers, George H., Amra, volume 2, number 16, page 2:
      Next ish: a guide to who is who of the Howard heroes in the centerspread.
    • 1967 June, Maynard, Drake, If, volume 17, number 6, page 160:
      My sincerest apologies to Brother Ron Smith in the December ish.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 5Edit

Minced oath for shit.


ish (uncountable)

  1. (euphemistic) Shit.
    • 2010, Jill Murray, Break On Through, page 15:
      Anyone, really, but seriously, you'd think that people whose very passion depends on their lungs would want to cut that ish out
    • 2012, Dipal Parikh, Walking with Krishna: Based on True Life Events, page 154:
      I owe you a lot Dipal, so put that ish away.
    • 2013, Ivy McQuain, Get Your Head Out of the Clouds, This Is Business, page 25:
      Now, it's time to get your ish together.
    • 2015, Ni-Ni Simone, ‎Amir Abrams, Lights, Love & Lip Gloss, page 51:
      I passed on that craziness. I wasn't messing with that ish.




Alternative formsEdit





  1. chase chicken away



From Proto-Nahuan *iːx-, from Proto-Uto-Aztecan *pusi. Compare 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, (sometimes "face" in compounds)
    Shiktzajtzakwa ne muish!
    Close 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, hole, opening
  4. bead