Definition of modish in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmōdiSH/
Pronunciation: /ˈmädiSH/


often derogatory
Conforming to or following what is currently popular and fashionable: it seems sad that such a scholar should feel compelled to use this modish jargon
More example sentences
  • The resulting design was a restrained gown of creamy white silk tastefully ornamented with a soft crushed rose velvet; both women agreed that pure white, although currently quite modish, did not suit.
  • ‘Arguably, the seventh most-renowned serious vocal ensemble in the world’, its five members turn up their snooty noses at anything remotely popular or modish.
  • It is, she says, an admission of defeat, buying into the currently modish idea that men and women are fundamentally different and so can never live together in any kind of equality.
fashionable, stylish, chic, modern, contemporary, all the rage, in vogue, voguish, up-to-the-minute, à la mode, du jour
informal trendy, cool, with it, in, now, hip, styling/stylin', happening, phat, funky, kicky, tony, fly



Pronunciation: /ˈmōdiSHlē/
Pronunciation: /ˈmädiSHlē/
Example sentences
  • Emotionally, he keeps the film in the same modishly cool gear, mirroring the 19-year-old's detachment to the consequences of blindly following a wanted felon.
  • When one arrives at the platform, attractive and modishly adorned stewardesses usher you to your berth.
  • Even the most puritanical, old-style theorist, or the most modishly self-conscious, context-seeking musicologist will be hugely entertained, as well as enlightened, by this book.


Example sentences
  • Excessive deference to European modishness can be passed off as many things but not as US constitutional law.
  • Symphony No 5 dates from 1923-4, is the most extended in its quintet of movements, and is a thoroughly convincing rejection of post-war modishness.
  • In an outmoded attempt at modishness, the play moves backward in time, though moving forward it would have proved just as backward.

Words that rhyme with modish


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Syllabification: mod·ish

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