[ bosh, bawsh ]
/ bɒʃ, bɔʃ /
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
1885–90; < French, aphetic variant of Alboche German, equivalent to al(lemand) German + (ca)boche 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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Example sentences from the Web for boche
"Gentlemen, I call this song 'All Boche'—because it is," he remarked.With Haig on the Somme|D. H. Parry
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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