(Anglo-Saxon) -isc; akin to German -isch, (Old High German) -isc, (Gothic) & (Danish) - isk, (Greek) -esque.; (Old English) -issen, from (French) -is, -iss- (found in the present particle, etc., of certain verbs, as finir to finish, fleurir to flourish), corresponding to (Latin) -escere, an inchoative ending.
A suffix used to from adjectives from nouns and from adjectives. It denotes relation, resemblance, similarity, and sometimes has a diminutive force; as, selfish, boyish, brutish; whitish, somewhat white.A verb ending, originally appearing in certain verbs of French origin; as, abolish, cherish, finish, furnish, garnish, impoverish.
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