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[josh] /dʒɒʃ/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
good-natured banter.
Origin of josh
1835-45, Americanism; of obscure origin
Related forms
josher, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for joshing
  • Apparently the amount of the start given the lunatic depended upon the amount of the bet to which the joshing led up.
  • There are no jokes in the formal proceedings, no down-home joshing.
  • The tone is one of joshing familiarity on both sides.
  • As the hounds gave voice in the woods, all joking and joshing would cease.
British Dictionary definitions for joshing


to tease (someone) in a bantering way
a teasing or bantering joke
Derived Forms
josher, noun
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh1
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Word Origin and History for joshing



"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 joshing



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


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.
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