- Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier in World War I or II.
Origin of Boche
Examples from the Web for boche
Historical Examples of boche
Madame Boche was going to a tailor who was late in mending an overcoat for her husband.
My-Boots and the Gaudrons went down to the dance with Boche sneaking along after them.
Boche, who was on the watch this morning, saw him tranquilly nod adieu.
Madame Boche would take Claude and Etienne with her for the bridal night.
And the uproar increased from an act of vigor on Madame Boche's part.
- a German, esp a German soldier
- the Boche (usually functioning as plural) Germans collectively, esp German soldiers regarded as the enemy
Word Origin for Boche
1914, from French slang, "rascal," of unknown origin, applied by soldiers to Germans in World War I. Another theory traces it to French Allemand "German," in eastern French Al(le)moche, altered contemptuously to Alboche by association with caboche, a slang word for "head," literally "cabbage" (cf. tete de boche, French for "German" in an 1887 slang dictionary). All the French terms are no older than mid-19c.