or boche

[ bosh, bawsh ]
/ bɒʃ, bɔʃ /
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noun, plural Boche, Boches [bosh, bawsh]. /bɒʃ, bɔʃ/.
Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, especially a German soldier in World War I or II.
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Origin of Boche

First recorded in 1885–90; from French; of uncertain origin; possibly a shortening of Alboche, Alleboche “German,” equivalent to al(emand) “German” + (ca)boche “cabbage, blockhead, head of a nail”

usage note for Boche

This term was originally French slang, perhaps from the Franco-Prussian War. In English, it appears today only in historical contexts.
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British Dictionary definitions for Boche

/ (bɒʃ) /

noun derogatory, slang (esp in World Wars I and II)
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

C20: from French, probably shortened from alboche German, from allemand German + caboche pate
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