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josh

[josh] /dʒɒʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
noun
2.
good-natured banter.
Origin of josh
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; of obscure origin
Related forms
josher, noun

Josh

[josh] /dʒɒʃ/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Joshua.

Josh.

1.
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Examples from the Web for josh
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  • josh Heekett looked over his store, lifting up now this and now that, examining everything carefully and putting it baek again.

    Rogues and Vagabonds George R. Sims
  • An' josh he got kind o' fretful to her, an' she to him, an' 'Mandy was all honey an' cream.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • Strange it is, as josh Billings puts it, that "some folks know things that ain't so."

    The Dollar Hen Milo M. Hastings
  • She told him yaller; an' josh had him go right to work on't next day.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • josh cut in, scornfully pointing his thumb at the instrument, which some call life-preserver. '

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
British Dictionary definitions for josh

josh

/dʒɒʃ/
verb
1.
to tease (someone) in a bantering way
noun
2.
a teasing or bantering joke
Derived Forms
josher, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh1

Josh.

abbreviation
1.
Joshua
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Word Origin and History for josh
v.

"to make fun of, to banter," 1845, American English, probably from the familiar version of the proper name Joshua, but just which Joshua, or why, is long forgotten. Perhaps it was taken as a typical name of an old farmer. The word was in use earlier than the career of U.S. humorist Josh Billings, pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885), who did not begin to write and lecture until 1860; but his popularity after 1869 may have influence that of the word.

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. ["Josh Billings"]
Related: Joshed; joshing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for josh

josh

noun

: It was just a tasteless little josh (1978+)

verb

To joke;banter; kid: continued Brian, unwilling to be joshed out of it (1845+)

[origin unknown; the earliest example is capitalized, suggesting a proper name; Eric Partridge gives ''a country man; a rustic'' as one sense, so perhaps the primary meaning is ''to behave like a bumpkin'' or ''to fool one by seeming to be a rural simpleton'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for josh

Josh.

Joshua
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