Alternative formsEdit


From ton +‎ -ish.



tonish (comparative more tonish, superlative most tonish)

  1. (now rare) Conforming to the "ton"; modish, stylish.
    • 1779, Frances Burney, Journals & Letters, Penguin 2001, p. 129:
      [H]is nephew, Rose, whose trite, settled, tonish emptiness of Discourse is a never failing source of Laughter and diversion.
    • 1808–10, William Hickey, Memoirs of a Georgian Rake, Folio Society 1995, p. 265:
      I was engaged to dine in St Albans Street to meet my favourite Miss Cecilia Forrest, Mr and Mrs Broadhead, the Duke of Hamilton, Sir Watts Horton, and other tonish friends of my eldest sister's.
    • (Can we date this quote by Charles Dibdin and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
      [] those who [] have an inclination to give their sons, their daughters, and their servants, a tonish finish to their educations, may sin in haste and repent at leisure by passing a season at Bath.