Approximately vs Ish - What's the difference?

approximately | ish |


As adverbs the difference between approximately and ish

is that approximately is imprecise but close to in quantity or amount while ish is (colloquial) somewhat, reasonably, fairly.

As a verb ish is

(is).

As a noun ish is

the name of the letter which stands for the sh sound in pitman shorthand.

approximately

English

Alternative forms

* (abbreviation)

Adverb

(-)
  • Imprecise but close to in quantity or amount.
  • In every box of matches there are approximately 40 matchsticks.
    Per 100g of chocolate there are approximately 11.6g of saturated fat.
    ...approximately 60 beats per minute.

    Synonyms

    * around, near, nearly, almost, about, loosely, roughly, close to

    Antonyms

    * accurately, definitely, exactly, precisely

    See also

    * circa

    ish

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (is)

    Verb

    (head)
  • Etymology 2

    From the suffix (-ish).

    Adverb

    (-)
  • (colloquial) somewhat, reasonably, fairly
  • "How was the film?" "It was good, ish ."
    The exam went well, ish .
  • (colloquial) about, approximately
  • *
  • *
  • Synonyms
    * around, near, nearly, almost, about, loosely, roughly, close to

    Etymology 3

    : From Pitman ess'' and ''eff , which it resembles phonetically and graphically, and the sound it represents. The change in vowel probably reflects the familiar suffix -ish.

    Noun

    (ishes)
  • The name of the letter which stands for the sh sound in Pitman shorthand.
  • Etymology 4

    Phonetic spelling of the .

    Noun

    (ishes)
  • (dated, fandom slang) An instalment of a periodical; an issue.
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year = 1939 , date = August 5 , first = "Bob" , last = Tucker , authorlink = Wilson Tucker , magazine = , url = http://www.midamericon.org/tucker/lez10c.htm , page = 3 , issue = 10 , passage = "A LITTLE UNPLEASANTNESS" DEPT: Fantasy Digest says in it's(sic) latest ish : Quote: Some unpleasantness was caused when Don Wollheim and his brother Futurians were not allowed in the Convention Hall. Unquote. }}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year = 1961 , date = July , first = George H. , last = Scithers , authorlink = George H. Scithers , magazine = Amra , url = , volume = 2 , issue = 16 , page = 2 , passage = Next ish : a guide to who is who of the Howard heroes in the centerspread. }}
  • * {{quote-magazine
  • , year = 1967 , date = June , first = Drake , last = Maynard , authorlink = , magazine = , url = , volume = 17 , issue = 6 , page = 160 , passage = My sincerest apologies to Brother Ron Smith in the December ish . }}
    Derived terms
    * annish * thish

    Anagrams

    * * *

    References

    * (Periodical) * (Periodical)