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owl +‎ -ish


  • IPA(key): /ˈaʊlɪʃ/
  • Hyphenation: owl‧ish


owlish (comparative more owlish, superlative most owlish)

  1. Resembling or characteristic of an owl.
    • 1914, Theodore Dreiser, The Titan, Chapter 26, [1]
      "You're very right," he said, with owlish smugness, adjusting a waistcoat button that had come loose, and smoothing his cuffs.
    • 1951, Sinclair Lewis, World So Wide, Chapter 2, [2]
      He feebly wanted to get out of this, away from clucking nurses and Dr. Crittenham's owlish peering and the horrible scrambled eggs and cold toast.
    • 1953, C. S. Lewis, The Silver Chair, Collins, 1998, Chapter 4,
      This owl imitated Trumpkin’s voice rather well, and there were sounds of owlish laughter all round.
  2. Wise and solemn. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought):
    • R. M. Ballantyne, Blown to Bits or, The Lonely Man of Rakata
      [] their large black eyes scanned the drawings with the owlish look of wisdom peculiar to connoisseurs.
  3. Stupid; dull-looking.


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