From the suffix -ish.
ish (not comparable)
- (colloquial) somewhat, reasonably, fairly
- The exam went well... mostly... ish.
- "Was the film any good?" – "Ish."
- 26 May 2012, Jason VandenBerghe, “The Five Domains of Play”, Gotland Game Conference, Uppsala University:
- This is where I started. Does Hermione like Dark Souls? Ish.
- (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.
- (somewhat): fairly, rather, somewhat
- (approximately): about, almost, around, close to, loosely, near, nearly, roughly, round about
- 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)
- The letter which stands for the sh sound /ʃ/ in Pitman shorthand.
ish (plural ishes)
- (dated, fandom slang) An instalment of a periodical; an issue.
- (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.
- (Periodical): Jeff Prucher, editor (2007), “ish”, in Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction, Oxford, Oxfordshire; New York, N.Y.: Oxford University Press, →ISBN, pages 101–102.
- (Periodical): Jesse Sheidlower, editor (2001–2021), “ish n.”, in Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.
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)
- eye, (sometimes "face" in compounds)
- Shiktzajtzakwa ne muish!
- Close your eyes!
- seed, grain
- Tikichkwat ne tal ipal tiktukat ne ish ne kakawat
- We plough the land to plant the cacao seed
- eyehole, hole, opening