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[bohl-shee, bol-]
noun Slang.
  1. Bolshevik.
  2. Bolshevist.
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Origin of Bolshie

First recorded in 1915–20; Bolsh(evik) + -ie
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Historical Examples of bolshie

  • "You can't tell me that's a 'Bolshie' yell," observed the American officer decisively.

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules'

    Lewis R. Freeman

  • One thing I've discovered; that book-shop is a meeting-place for Bolshie refugees and German anarchists.

    Mystery at Geneva

    Rose Macaulay

  • There's been Bolshie agitators workin' the boys months, and I guess they got a holt on 'em good.

  • Mr. Stanton could think of no better retort than the stereotyped "Bolshie!"

British Dictionary definitions for bolshie


bolshy sometimes capital

British informal
  1. difficult to manage; rebellious
  2. politically radical or left-wing
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noun plural -shies
  1. derogatory any political radical
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Word Origin for bolshie

C20: shortened from Bolshevik
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