bosh

1
[bosh]

noun

absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.

Nearby words

  1. bosch, juan,
  2. boschvark,
  3. bose,
  4. bose-einstein condensate,
  5. bose-einstein statistics,
  6. bosk,
  7. boskage,
  8. bosker,
  9. bosket,
  10. boskop

Origin of bosh

1
1830–35; < Turkish boş empty; popularized from its use in the novel Ayesha (1834) by British author James J. Morier (1780–1849)

bosh

2
[bosh]

noun Metallurgy.

the section of a blast furnace between the hearth and the stack, having the form of a frustum of an inverted cone.

Origin of bosh

2
1670–80; probably < German; akin to German böschen to slope, Böschung slope, scarp

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British Dictionary definitions for bosh

bosh

1

noun

informal empty or meaningless talk or opinions; nonsense

Word Origin for bosh

C19: from Turkish boş empty

noun

the lower tapering portion of a blast furnace, situated immediately above the air-inlet tuyères
the deposit of siliceous material that occurs on the surfaces of vessels in which copper is refined
a water tank for cooling glass-making tools, etc
South Wales dialect a kitchen sink or wash basin

Word Origin for bosh

C17: probably from German; compare böschen to slope, Böschung slope

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Word Origin and History for bosh

bosh

n.

"empty talk, nonsense," 1834, from Turkish, literally "empty." Introduced in "Ayesha," popular romance novel by J.J. Morier (1780-1849).

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