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[bosh, bawsh] /bɒʃ, bɔʃ/
noun, plural Boche, Boches
[bosh, bawsh] /bɒʃ, bɔʃ/ (Show IPA)
Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier in World War I or II.
Origin of Boche
1885-90; < French, aphetic variant of Alboche German, equivalent to al(lemand) German + (ca)boche blockhead, head of a nail
Usage note
This term was originally French slang, perhaps from the Franco-Prussian War. In English, it appears today only in historical contexts. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Boche


noun (derogatory, slang, esp in World Wars I and II)
a German, esp a German soldier
(usually functioning as pl) the Boche, Germans collectively, esp German soldiers regarded as the enemy
Word Origin
C20: from French, probably shortened from alboche German, from allemand German + caboche pate
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Word Origin and History for Boche

1914, from French slang, "rascal," of unknown origin, applied by soldiers to Germans in World War I. Another theory traces it to French Allemand "German," in eastern French Al(le)moche, altered contemptuously to Alboche by association with caboche, a slang word for "head," literally "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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: the Boche infantry


A German, esp a soldier

[WWI armed forces; fr French, a shortening of Alboche, a contemptuous modification of Allemand, ''German'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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