Eightish

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ruthless:
I hear someone saying "I'll meet you at seven or eightish." I don't find "eightish" in dictionay. I guess it means "about eight o'clock". Can someone explain it a bit please?
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Andrew Gwilliam:
[nq:1]I hear someone saying "I'll meet you at seven or eightish." I don't find "eightish" in dictionay. I guess it means "about eight o'clock". Can someone explain it a bit please?[/nq]
You're correct, it does mean "about o'clock". The ending "ish" is added to a word to suggest that it is approximate.
Another example would be:
"He's tallish" = "He's fairly tall" or "He's a bit on the tall side" "It was reddish" = "It was a colour that wasn't exactly red, but similar"

Be careful, though; some words end in "ish" without this meaning (eg "bookish" doesn't mean "a bit like a book").

Andrew Gwilliam
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the Omrud:
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[nq:2]I hear someone saying "I'll meet you at seven or ... "about eight o'clock". Can someone explain it a bit please?[/nq]
[nq:1]You're correct, it does mean "about o'clock". The ending "ish" is added to a word to suggest that it is ... Be careful, though; some words end in "ish" without this meaning (eg "bookish" doesn't mean "a bit like a book").[/nq]
... and "goblet" doesn't mean a small gob.

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mUs1Ka:
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[nq:2]You're correct, it does mean "about o'clock". The ending "ish" ... meaning (eg "bookish" doesn't mean "a bit like a book").[/nq]
[nq:1]... and "goblet" doesn't mean a small gob.[/nq]
Or ***, a small boll.

Ray
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Bill Bonde 'by a commodius vicus of recirculation':
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[nq:2]You're correct, it does mean "about o'clock". The ending "ish" ... meaning (eg "bookish" doesn't mean "a bit like a book").[/nq]
One meaning is just that:

#begin quote

1. Of, relating to, or resembling a book.
2. Fond of books; studious.
3. Relying chiefly on book learning: took a bookish rather than apragmatic approach in solving the problem.

4. Pedantic; dull. See Synonyms at pedantic.
5. Literary and formal in tone. Used of words.#end quote
[nq:1]... and "goblet" doesn't mean a small gob.[/nq]
No, it is still the diminitive though, from 'gobel'.

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Evan Kirshenbaum:
[nq:1]Be careful, though; some words end in "ish" without this meaning (eg "bookish" doesn't mean "a bit like a book").[/nq]
Not if said of a person, but it can if said of something shaped something like a book.

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R H Draney:
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Andrew Gwilliam:
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[nq:1]One meaning is just that: http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=bookish #begin quote 1. Of, relating to, or resembling a book. 2. Fond of books; ... the problem. 4. Pedantic; dull. See Synonyms at pedantic. 5. Literary and formal in tone. Used of words. #end quote[/nq]
I was trying to keep it simple!

Andrew Gwilliam
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Andrew Gwilliam:
Well, quite.

Andrew Gwilliam
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