verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
good-natured banter.

1835–45, Americanism; of obscure origin

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

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Word Origin & History

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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Example sentences
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.
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