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bosh1

[bosh] /bɒʃ/
noun
1.
absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.
Origin of bosh1
1830-1835
1830-35; < Turkish boş empty; popularized from its use in the novel Ayesha (1834) by British author James J. Morier (1780-1849)

bosh2

[bosh] /bɒʃ/
noun, Metallurgy.
1.
the section of a blast furnace between the hearth and the stack, having the form of a frustum of an inverted cone.
Origin
1670-80; probably < German; akin to German böschen to slope, Böschung slope, scarp
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Examples from the Web for bosh
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  • "What a lot of bosh is talked about lovers," his comment ran.

    Dust Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
  • This stupendous mass of bosh could not have been produced unless there were a demand for it.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • That talk about me trying to get you out of Illington, Blaine, is all bosh, and you know it.

    The Crevice

    William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
  • How even such a banquet of bosh was got ready in the time remained a riddle.

  • If my reader finds this bosh and abracadabra, all right for him.

British Dictionary definitions for bosh

bosh1

/bɒʃ/
noun
1.
(informal) empty or meaningless talk or opinions; nonsense
Word Origin
C19: from Turkish boş empty

bosh2

/bɒʃ/
noun
1.
the lower tapering portion of a blast furnace, situated immediately above the air-inlet tuyères
2.
the deposit of siliceous material that occurs on the surfaces of vessels in which copper is refined
3.
a water tank for cooling glass-making tools, etc
4.
(South Wales, dialect) a kitchen sink or wash basin
Word Origin
C17: probably from German; compare böschen to slope, Böschung slope
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Word Origin and History for bosh
n.

"empty talk, nonsense," 1834, from Turkish, literally "empty." Introduced in "Ayesha," popular romance novel by J.J. Morier (1780-1849).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bosh

bosh

noun

Nonsense; poppycock; bullshit

[1830s+; apparently fr Turkish, ''empty,'' popularized by an 1834 British novel]

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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