Apparently the amount of the start given the lunatic depended upon the amount of the bet to which the joshing led up.
"Now there's a woman's thinking for you," he chided her fondly, joshing her a little.
It may be liver, or my squeam inflamed, but my mind ain't easy, and the Sky-line folk may think I'm only joshing with them fires.
Great was the joshing that followed the landing of the two missing boats.
"One might almost think that he was joshing me," said Bateman, flushing.
If you had, I'd probably have told it around and you'd have got a lot of joshing.
From car to car all along the line the miners called to one another as the train trundled along, joshing and laughing.
I could have killed the boys for joshing me the way they did.
He was greeted by a burst of joshing from Conners and the others, but he scarcely heard it.
The boys thought he was joshing them, but Long Lester was telling the literal truth.
"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.
: 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'']