Boche

Boche

[bosh, bawsh]
noun, plural Boche, Boches [bosh, bawsh] .
Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier in World War I or II.
Also, boche.


Origin:
1885–90; < French, aphetic variant of Alboche German, equivalent to al(lemand) German + (ca)boche blockhead, head of a nail


This term was originally French slang, perhaps from the Franco-Prussian War. In English, it appears today only in historical contexts.
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Boche (bɒʃ)
 
n
1.  a German, esp a German soldier
2.  (usually functioning as plural) the Boche Germans collectively, esp German soldiers regarded as the enemy
 
[C20: from French, probably shortened from alboche German, from allemand German + caboche pate]

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Boche
1914, from Fr. slang, "rascal," of unknown origin, applied by soldiers to Germans in World War I. Another theory traces it to Fr. Allemand "German," in eastern Fr. Al(le)moche, altered contemptuously to Alboche by association with caboche, a slang word for "head," lit. "cabbage" (cf. tete de boche, French
for "German" in an 1887 slang dictionary). All the French terms are no older than mid-19c.
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