1. Of, relating to, or being: Swedish.
a. Characteristic of: girlish.
b. Having the usually undesirable qualities of: childish.
3. Approximately; somewhat: greenish.
4. Tending toward; preoccupied with: selfish.
[Middle English, from Old English -isc.]
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