- 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
Madame Boche was evidently trying to make herself agreeable to Gervaise.
Boche offered to take her to the dealers, so that she might make her own selection.
"Nothing is better before soup," declared Boche, smacking his lips.
"Monsieur Coupeau's very nice this evening," murmured Clemence in Boche's ear.
Madame Boche was going to a tailor who was late in mending an overcoat for her husband.
- a German, esp a German soldier
- the Boche (usually functioning as plural) Germans collectively, esp German soldiers regarded as the enemy
Word Origin and History 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.