or boche

[ 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.

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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