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josh

[josh]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
noun
2.
good-natured banter.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; of obscure origin

josher, noun
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josh (dʒɒʃ)
 
vb
1.  to tease (someone) in a bantering way
 
n
2.  a teasing or bantering joke
 
[C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh1]
 
'josher
 
n

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josh
1845, Amer.Eng., 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 "John Billings," pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-85),
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"]
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josh definition

[dʒɑʃ]
  1. tv. & in.
    to tease someone; to kid someone. : Stop joshing. Be serious.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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