8 letter words ending in ish

Admonish (v. t.) To warn or notify of a fault; to reprove gently or kindly, but seriously; to exhort.

Admonish (v. t.) To counsel against wrong practices; to cation or advise; to warn against danger or an offense; -- followed by of, against, or a subordinate clause.

Admonish (v. t.) To instruct or direct; to inform; to notify.

Affamish (v. t. & i.) To afflict with, or perish from, hunger.

Astonish (v. t.) To stun; to render senseless, as by a blow.

Astonish (v. t.) To strike with sudden fear, terror, or wonder; to amaze; to surprise greatly, as with something unaccountable; to confound with some sudden emotion or passion.

Bakshish (n.) Same as Backsheesh.

Basquish (a.) Pertaining to the country, people, or language of Biscay; Basque

Billfish (n.) A name applied to several distinct fishes

Billfish (n.) The garfish (Tylosurus, / Belone, longirostris) and allied species.

Billfish (n.) The saury, a slender fish of the Atlantic coast (Scomberesox saurus).

Billfish (n.) The Tetrapturus albidus, a large oceanic species related to the swordfish; the spearfish.

Billfish (n.) The American fresh-water garpike (Lepidosteus osseus).

Blackish (a.) Somewhat black.

Blandish (v. t.) To flatter with kind words or affectionate actions; to caress; to cajole.

Blandish (v. t.) To make agreeable and enticing.

Blockish (a.) Like a block; deficient in understanding; stupid; dull.

Bluefish (n.) A large voracious fish (Pomatomus saitatrix), of the family Carangidae, valued as a food fish, and widely distributed on the American coast. On the New Jersey and Rhode Island coast it is called the horse mackerel, in Virginia saltwater tailor, or skipjack.

Bluefish (n.) A West Indian fish (Platyglossus radiatus), of the family Labridae.

Bluntish (a.) Somewhat blunt.

Boarfish (n.) A Mediterranean fish (Capros aper), of the family Caproidae; -- so called from the resemblance of the extended lips to a hog's snout.

Boarfish (n.) An Australian percoid fish (Histiopterus recurvirostris), valued as a food fish.

Bogglish (a.) Doubtful; skittish.

Bonefish (n.) See Ladyfish.

Boobyish (a.) Stupid; dull.

Brackish (a.) Saltish, or salt in a moderate degree, as water in sa

Brainish (a.) Hot-headed; furious.

Brandish (n.) To move or wave, as a weapon; to raise and move in various directions; to shake or flourish.

Brandish (n.) To play with; to flourish; as, to brandish syllogisms.

Brandish (n.) A flourish, as with a weapon, whip, etc.

Broadish (a.) Rather broad; moderately broad.

Brockish (a.) Beastly; brutal.

Brownish (a.) Somewhat brown.

Bukshish (n.) See Backsheesh.

Bur fish () A spinose, plectognath fish of the Allantic coast of the United States (esp. Chilo mycterus geometricus) having the power of distending its body with water or air, so as to resemble a chestnut bur; -- called also ball fish, balloon fish, and swellfish.

Childish (a.) Of, pertaining to, befitting, or resembling, a child.

Childish (a.) Puerile; trifling; weak.

Churlish (a.) Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious; surly; illiberal; niggardly.

Churlish (a.) Wanting pliancy; unmanageable; unyielding; not easily wrought; as, a churlish soil; the churlish and intractable nature of some minerals.

Clannish (a.) Of or pertaining to a clan; closely united, like a clan; disposed to associate only with one's clan or clique; actuated by the traditions, prejudices, habits, etc., of a clan.

Cliquish (a.) Of or pertaining to a clique; disposed to from cliques; exclusive in spirit.

Cloddish (a.) Resembling clods; gross; low; stupid; boorish.

Clownish (a.) Of or resembling a clown, or characteristic of a clown; ungainly; awkward.

Clubbish (a.) Rude; clownish.

Clubbish (a.) Disposed to club together; as, a clubbish set.

Coalfish (n.) The pollock; -- called also, coalsey, colemie, colmey, coal whiting, etc. See Pollock.

Coalfish (n.) The beshow or candlefish of Alaska.

Coalfish (n.) The cobia.

Crabbish (a.) Somewhat sour or cross.

Crawfish (n.) Alt. of Crayfish

Crayfish (n.) See Crawfish.

Dandyish (a.) Like a dandy.

Dealfish (n.) A long, thin fish of the arctic seas (Trachypterus arcticus).

Demolish (v. t.) To throw or pull down; to raze; to destroy the fabric of; to pull to pieces; to ruin; as, to demolish an edifice, or a wall.

Depolish (v. t.) To remove the polish or glaze from.

Devilish (a.) Resembling, characteristic of, or pertaining to, the devil; diabolical; wicked in the extreme.

Devilish (a.) Extreme; excessive.

Diminish (v. t.) To make smaller in any manner; to reduce in bulk or amount; to lessen; -- opposed to augment or increase.

Diminish (v. t.) To lessen the authority or dignity of; to put down; to degrade; to abase; to weaken.

Diminish (v. t.) To make smaller by a half step; to make (an interval) less than minor; as, a diminished seventh.

Diminish (v. t.) To take away; to subtract.

Diminish (v. i.) To become or appear less or smaller; to lessen; as, the apparent size of an object diminishes as we recede from it.

Dowdyish (a.) Like a dowdy.

Drabbish (a.) Somewhat drab in color.

Drabbish (a.) Having the character of a drab or low wench.

Draffish (a.) Worthless; draffy.

Dreggish (a.) Foul with lees; feculent.

Drollish (a.) Somewhat droll.

Druidish (a.) Druidic.

Drumfish (n.) Any fish of the family Sciaenidae, which makes a loud noise by means of its air bladder; -- called also drum.

Dwarfish (a.) Like a dwarf; below the common stature or size; very small; petty; as, a dwarfish animal, shrub.

Elderish (a.) Somewhat old; elderly.

Enfamish (v. t.) To famish; to starve.

Enravish (v. t.) To transport with delight; to enrapture; to fascinate.

Expolish (v. t.) To polish thoroughly.

Faintish (a.) Slightly faint; somewhat faint.

Fallfish (n.) A fresh-water fish of the United States (Semotilus bullaris); -- called also silver chub, and Shiner. The name is also applied to other allied species.

Feverish (a.) Having a fever; suffering from, or affected with, a moderate degree of fever; showing increased heat and thirst; as, the patient is feverish.

Feverish (a.) Indicating, or pertaining to, fever; characteristic of a fever; as, feverish symptoms.

Feverish (a.) Hot; sultry.

Feverish (a.) Disordered as by fever; excited; restless; as, the feverish condition of the commercial world.

Fiendish (a.) Like a fiend; diabolically wicked or cruel; infernal; malignant; devilish; hellish.

Filefish (n.) Any plectognath fish of the genera Monacanthus, Alutera, balistes, and allied genera; -- so called on account of the roughly granulated skin, which is sometimes used in place of sandpaper.

Firefish (n.) A singular marine fish of the genus Pterois, family Scorpaenidae, of several species, inhabiting the Indo-Pacific region. They are usually red, and have very large spinose pectoral and dorsal fins.

Flatfish (n.) Any fish of the family Pleuronectidae; esp., the winter flounder (Pleuronectes Americanus). The flatfishes have the body flattened, swim on the side, and have eyes on one side, as the flounder, turbot, and halibut. See Flounder.

Flattish (a.) Somewhat flat.

Flourish (v. i.) To grow luxuriantly; to increase and enlarge, as a healthy growing plant; a thrive.

Flourish (v. i.) To be prosperous; to increase in wealth, honor, comfort, happiness, or whatever is desirable; to thrive; to be prominent and influental; specifically, of authors, painters, etc., to be in a state of activity or production.

Flourish (v. i.) To use florid language; to indulge in rhetorical figures and lofty expressions; to be flowery.

Flourish (v. i.) To make bold and sweeping, fanciful, or wanton movements, by way of ornament, parade, bravado, etc.; to play with fantastic and irregular motion.

Flourish (v. i.) To make ornamental strokes with the pen; to write graceful, decorative figures.

Flourish (v. i.) To execute an irregular or fanciful strain of music, by way of ornament or prelude.

Flourish (v. i.) To boast; to vaunt; to brag.

Flourish (v. t.) To adorn with flowers orbeautiful figures, either natural or artificial; to ornament with anything showy; to embellish.

Flourish (v. t.) To embellish with the flowers of diction; to adorn with rhetorical figures; to grace with ostentatious eloquence; to set off with a parade of words.

Flourish (v. t.) To move in bold or irregular figures; to swing about in circles or vibrations by way of show or triumph; to brandish.

Flourish (v. t.) To develop; to make thrive; to expand.

Flourish (n.) A flourishing condition; prosperity; vigor.

Flourish (n.) Decoration; ornament; beauty.

Flourish (n.) Something made or performed in a fanciful, wanton, or vaunting manner, by way of ostentation, to excite admiration, etc.; ostentatious embellishment; ambitious copiousness or amplification; parade of words and figures; show; as, a flourish of rhetoric or of wit.

Flourish (n.) A fanciful stroke of the pen or graver; a merely decorative figure.

Flourish (n.) A fantastic or decorative musical passage; a strain of triumph or bravado, not forming part of a regular musical composition; a cal; a fanfare.

Flourish (n.) The waving of a weapon or other thing; a brandishing; as, the flourish of a sword.

Fly-fish (v. i.) To angle, using flies for bait.

Foolfish (n.) The orange filefish. See Filefish.

Foolfish (n.) The winter flounder. See Flounder.

Forewish (v. t.) To wish beforehand.

Frankish (a.) Like, or pertaining to, the Franks.

Freakish (a.) Apt to change the mind suddenly; whimsical; capricious.

Friesish (a.) Friesic.

Frogfish (n.) See Angler, n., 2.

Frogfish (n.) An oceanic fish of the genus Antennarius or Pterophrynoides; -- called also mousefish and toadfish.

Froppish (a.) Peevish; froward.

Frumpish (a.) Cross-tempered; scornful.

Frumpish (a.) Old-fashioned, as a woman's dress.

Ghoulish (a.) Characteristic of a ghoul; vampirelike; hyenalike.

Goatfish (n.) A fish of the genus Upeneus, inhabiting the Gulf of Mexico. It is allied to the surmullet.

Goldfish (n.) A California marine fish of an orange or red color; the garibaldi.

Greekish (a.) Peculiar to Greece.

Greenish (a.) Somewhat green; having a tinge of green; as, a greenish yellow.

Handfish (n.) The frogfish.

Headfish (n.) The sunfish (Mola).

Hornfish (n.) The garfish or sea needle.

Idiotish (a.) Like an idiot; foolish.

Kecklish (a.) Inc

Kelpfish (n.) A small California food fish (Heterostichus rostratus), living among kelp. The name is also applied to species of the genus Platyglossus.

Kiddyish (a.) Frolicsome; sportive.

Kingfish (n.) An American marine food fish of the genus Menticirrus, especially M. saxatilis, or M. nebulosos, of the Atlantic coast; -- called also whiting, surf whiting, and barb.

Kingfish (n.) The opah.

Kingfish (n.) The common cero; also, the spotted cero. See Cero.

Kingfish (n.) The queenfish.

Kittlish (a.) Ticklish; kittle.

Klipfish (n.) Dried cod, exported from Norway.

Knackish (a.) Trickish; artful.

Knappish (a.) Snappish; peevish.

Koordish (n.) See Kurdish.

Ladyfish (n.) A large, handsome oceanic fish (Albula vulpes), found both in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; -- called also bonefish, grubber, French mullet, and macabe.

Ladyfish (n.) A labroid fish (Harpe rufa) of Florida and the West Indies.

Languish (v. i.) To become languid or weak; to lose strength or animation; to be or become dull, feeble or spiritless; to pine away; to wither or fade.

Languish (v. i.) To assume an expression of weariness or tender grief, appealing for sympathy.

Languish (v. i.) To cause to droop or pine.

Languish (n.) See Languishiment.

Lungfish (n.) Any fish belonging to the Dipnoi; -- so called because they have both lungs and gills.

Monkfish (n.) The angel fish (Squatina).

Monkfish (n.) The angler (Lophius).

Moonfish (n.) An American marine fish (Vomer setipennis); -- called also bluntnosed shiner, horsefish, and sunfish.

Moonfish (n.) A broad, thin, silvery marine fish (Selene vomer); -- called also lookdown, and silver moonfish.

Moonfish (n.) The mola. See Sunfish, 1.

Nightish (a.) Of or pertaining to night.

Numbfish (n.) The torpedo, which numbs by the electric shocks which it gives.

Nymphish (a.) Relating to nymphs; ladylike.

Overfish (v. t.) To fish to excess.

Paganish (a.) Of or pertaining to pagans; heathenish.

Peoplish (a.) Vulgar.

Pokerish (a.) Infested by pokers; adapted to excite fear; as, a pokerish place.

Pokerish (a.) Stiff like a poker.

Pondfish (n.) Any one of numerous species of American fresh-water fishes belonging to the family Centrarchidae; -- called also pond perch, and sunfish.

Prankish (a.) Full of pranks; frolicsome.

Priggish (a.) Like a prig; conceited; pragmatical.

Proudish (a.) Somewhat proud.

Puppyish (a.) Like a puppy.

Purplish (a.) Somewhat purple.

Quackish (a.) Like a quack; boasting; characterized by quackery.

Qualmish (a.) Sick at the stomach; affected with nausea or sickly languor; inc

Queerish (a.) Rather queer; somewhat singular.

Quirkish (a.) Consisting of quirks; resembling a quirk.

Rebanish (v. t.) To banish again.

Repolish (v. t.) To polish again.

Rockfish (n.) Any one of several California scorpaenoid food fishes of the genus Sebastichthys, as the red rockfish (S. ruber). They are among the most important of California market fishes. Called also rock cod, and garrupa.

Rockfish (n.) The striped bass. See Bass.

Rockfish (n.) Any one of several species of Florida and Bermuda groupers of the genus Epinephelus.

Rockfish (n.) An American fresh-water darter; the log perch.

Romanish (a.) Pertaining to Romanism.

Rosefish (n.) A large marine scorpaenoid food fish (Sebastes marinus) found on the northern coasts of Europe and America. called also red perch, hemdurgan, Norway haddok, and also, erroneously, snapper, bream, and bergylt.

Roughish (a.) Somewhat rough.

Roundish (a.) Somewhat round; as, a roundish seed; a roundish figure.

Rowdyish (a.) Resembling a rowdy in temper or conduct; characteristic of a rowdy.

Sailfish (n.) The banner fish, or spikefish (Histiophorus.)

Sailfish (n.) The basking, or liver, shark.

Sailfish (n.) The quillback.

Saintish (a.) Somewhat saintlike; -- used ironically.

Sandfish (n.) A small marine fish of the Pacific coast of North America (Trichodon trichodon) which buries itself in the sand.

Scampish (a.) Of or like a scamp; knavish; as, scampish conduct.

Scomfish (v. t. & i.) To suffocate or stifle; to smother.

Scottish (a.) Of or pertaining to the inhabitants of Scotland, their country, or their language; as, Scottish industry or economy; a Scottish chief; a Scottish dialect.

Seerfish (n.) A scombroid food fish of Madeira (Cybium Commersonii).

Seirfish (n.) Same as Seerfish.

Sheepish (a.) Of or pertaining to sheep.

Sheepish (a.) Like a sheep; bashful; over-modest; meanly or foolishly diffident; timorous to excess.

Shoppish (a.) Having the appearance or qualities of a shopkeeper, or shopman.

Shrewish (a.) having the qualities of a shrew; having a scolding disposition; froward; peevish.

Sinewish (a.) Sinewy.

Skirmish (v. i.) To fight slightly or in small parties; to engage in a skirmish or skirmishes; to act as skirmishers.

Skirmish (v. i.) A slight fight in war; a light or desultory combat between detachments from armies, or between detached and small bodies of troops.

Skirmish (v. i.) A slight contest.

Skittish (v. t.) Easily frightened; timorous; shy; untrustworthy; as, a skittish colt.

Skittish (v. t.) Wanton; restive; freakish; volatile; changeable; fickle.

Skunkish (a.) Like the skunk, especially in odor.

Sleepish (a.) Disposed to sleep; sleepy; drowsy.

Sluggish (a.) Habitually idle and lazy; slothful; dull; inactive; as, a sluggish man.

Sluggish (a.) Slow; having little motion; as, a sluggish stream.

Sluggish (a.) Having no power to move one's self or itself; inert.

Sluggish (a.) Characteristic of a sluggard; dull; stupid; tame; simple.

Sluttish (a.) Like a slut; untidy; indecently negligent of clean

Smallish (a.) Somewhat small.

Snappish (a.) Apt to snap at persons or things; eager to bite; as, a snapping cur.

Snappish (a.) Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or testily; easily provoked; tart; peevish.

Snobbish (a.) Of or pertaining to a snob; characteristic of, or befitting, a snob; vulgarly pretentious.

Soapfish (n.) Any serranoid fish of the genus Rhypticus; -- so called from the soapy feeling of its skin.

Sparkish (a.) Like a spark; airy; gay.

Sparkish (a.) Showy; well-dresed; fine.

Splenish (a.) Spleenish.

Spoffish (a.) Earnest and active in matters of no moment; bustling.

Squarish (a.) Nearly square.

Stablish (v. t.) To settle permanently in a state; to make firm; to establish; to fix.

Staffish (a.) Stiff; harsh.

Standish (n.) A stand, or case, for pen and ink.

Starfish (n.) The dollar fish, or butterfish.

Startish (a.) Apt to start; skittish; shy; -- said especially of a horse.

Steepish (a.) Somewhat steep.

Stiffish (a.) Somewhat stiff.

Stockish (a.) Like a stock; stupid; blockish.

Stoutish (a.) Somewhat stout; somewhat corpulent.

Studfish (n.) Any one of several species of small American minnows of the genus Fundulus, as F. catenatus.

Suckfish (n.) A sucker fish.

Swainish (a.) Pertaining to, or resembling, a swain; rustic; ignorant.

Swartish (a.) Somewhat swart, dark, or tawny.

Sweetish (a.) Somewhat sweet.

Swellish (a.) Dandified; stylish.

Sylphish (a.) Sylphlike.

Tangfish (n.) The common harbor seal.

Thickish (a.) Somewhat thick.

Thievish (a.) Given to stealing; addicted to theft; as, a thievish boy, a thievish magpie.

Thievish (a.) Like a thief; acting by stealth; sly; secret.

Thievish (a.) Partaking of the nature of theft; accomplished by stealing; dishonest; as, a thievish practice.

Thinnish (a.) Somewhat thin.

Ticklish (a.) Sensible to slight touches; easily tickled; as, the sole of the foot is very ticklish; the hardened palm of the hand is not ticklish.

Ticklish (a.) Standing so as to be liable to totter and fall at the slightest touch; unfixed; easily affected; unstable.

Ticklish (a.) Difficult; nice; critical; as, a ticklish business.

Tigerish (a.) Like a tiger; tigrish.

Tilefish (n.) A large, edible, deep-water food fish (Lopholatilus chamaeleonticeps) more or less thickly covered with large, round, yellow spots.

Toadfish (n.) Any marine fish of the genus Batrachus, having a large, thick head and a wide mouth, and bearing some resemblance to a toad. The American species (Batrachus tau) is very common in shallow water. Called also oyster fish, and sapo.

Toadfish (n.) The angler.

Toadfish (n.) A swellfish.

Tottlish (a.) Trembling or tottering, as if about to fall; un steady.

Toughish (a.) Tough in a slight degree.

Trickish (a.) Given to tricks; artful in making bargains; given to deception and cheating; knavish.

Tun-dish (n.) A tunnel.

Unpolish (v. t.) To deprive of polish; to make impolite.

Vanquish (v. t.) To conquer, overcome, or subdue in battle, as an enemy.

Vanquish (v. t.) Hence, to defeat in any contest; to get the better of; to put down; to refute.

Vanquish (n.) A disease in sheep, in which they pine away.

Vaporish (a.) Full of vapors; vaporous.

Vaporish (a.) Hypochondriacal; affected by hysterics; splenetic; peevish; humorsome.

Vinquish (n.) See Vanquish, n.

Viperish (a.) Somewhat like a viper; viperous.

Vixenish (a.) Of or pertaining to a vixen; resembling a vixen.

Vowelish (a.) Of the nature of a vowel.

Washdish (n.) A washbowl.

Washdish (n.) Same as Washerwoman, 2.

Waterish (a.) Resembling water; thin; watery.

Waterish (a.) Somewhat watery; moist; as, waterish land.

Weakfish (n.) Any fish of the genus Cynoscion; a squeteague; -- so called from its tender mouth. See Squeteague.

Wealdish (a.) Of or pertaining to a weald, esp. to the weald in the county of Kent, England.

Whiggish (a.) Of or pertaining to Whigs; partaking of, or characterized by, the principles of Whigs.

Wingfish (n.) A sea robin having large, winglike pectoral fins. See Sea robin, under Robin.

Womanish (a.) Suitable to a woman, having the qualities of a woman; effeminate; not becoming a man; -- usually in a reproachful sense. See the Note under Effeminate.

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