1 [posh]
sumptuously furnished or appointed; luxurious: a posh apartment.

1915–20; of obscure origin; compareposha dandy (recorded as British slang in 1890); the popular notion that the word is an acronym from port out(ward), starboard home, said to be the preferred accommodation on ships traveling between England and India, is without foundation

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2 [posh]
(used as an exclamation of contempt or disgust.)


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posh (pɒʃ)
1.  smart, elegant, or fashionable; exclusive: posh clothes
2.  upper-class or genteel
3.  in a manner associated with the upper class: to talk posh
[C19: often said to be an acronym of the phrase port out, starboard home, the most desirable location for a cabin in British ships sailing to and from the East, being the north-facing or shaded side; but more likely to be a development of obsolete slang posh a dandy]

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Word Origin & History

1918, of uncertain origin; no evidence for the common derivation from an acronym of port outward, starboard home, supposedly the shipboard accommodations of wealthy British traveling to India on the P & O Lines (to keep their cabins out of the sun); see objections outlined in G. Chowdharay-Best, "Mariner's
Mirror," Jan. 1971. More likely from slang posh "a dandy" (1890), from thieves' slang meaning "money" (1830), originally "coin of small value, halfpenny," possibly from Romany posh "half."
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. prevention of sexual harassment

  2. probability of severe hail

  3. the claim that POSH stands for "port out, starboard home" is without foundation

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Example sentences
Elsewhere, booze is sold only in windowless bars in posh hotels, or by
  bureaucratic state-owned firms.
If a big rig is too posh for you, you can sleep in a garbage truck.
The gathering boasted plenty of posh parties, high-flying political visitors
  and boozy nights out at blues bars.
The rooms are modern, immaculate, and relatively posh.
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