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"ish" certainly can mean "a little bit".
A: "Are you warm yet?"
B: "I'm warmish."
It's also a way of indicating that you are not being exact, but approximate.
"I'll be there nineish" = I'll be there at about 9 o'clock.
"She is fortyish" = She's about forty years old.
"ish" has the advantage of being able to be tagged on to a sentence you have already uttered (i.e. without recasting the sentence to indicate that you're not being exact).
"Well it's blue ... ish" = The speaker's first impression is that the colour is blue, but there is some doubt in his mind.
This is mainly used by many hip-hop/r'n b artists. E.g. This ish is hot!
[editor] erm.. Jules? Steady on.. [/editor]
A:But you do love him?
Guest:the hiphop-originated word "ish" means ***, as posted above. But you might be interested to know that it comes from the common practice of backmasking foul language in records for radio play. So your favorite album has the lyric, "blah blah *** blah", on the radio you hear "blah blah ish blah" The "T" sound isn't really audible when played backwards, but the "ish" is.
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