- absurd or foolish talk; nonsense.
Origin of bosh1
1830–35; < Turkish boş empty; popularized from its use in the novel Ayesha (1834) by British author James J. Morier (1780–1849)
- the section of a blast furnace between the hearth and the stack, having the form of a frustum of an inverted cone.
Origin of bosh2
1670–80; probably < German; akin to German böschen to slope, Böschung slope, scarp
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Examples from the Web for bosh
“Somebody had to break the ice,” Bosh, whose own sexuality has been questioned in recent years, says.
And just as the NBA and WNBA continue to develop as open-minded sports leagues, Bosh plans to develop even further as a designer.
But in New York this week, Bosh said he had to take a step back from basketball and simply take in his surroundings.
But the tasty meal of steak, lobster, and shrimp was only the beginning of a night to remember for Bosh and company.
But after few rounds of simply making baskets, the game turned a tad more serious, Bosh says.
"What a lot of bosh is talked about lovers," his comment ran.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
This stupendous mass of bosh could not have been produced unless there were a demand for it.The Curse of Education
Harold E. Gorst
That talk about me trying to get you out of Illington, Blaine, is all bosh, and you know it.The Crevice
William John Burns and Isabel Ostrander
How even such a banquet of bosh was got ready in the time remained a riddle.The Innocence of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
If my reader finds this bosh and abracadabra, all right for him.Fantasia of the Unconscious
D. H. Lawrence
- informal empty or meaningless talk or opinions; nonsense
C19: from Turkish boş empty
- 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
C17: probably from German; compare böschen to slope, Böschung slope
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Word Origin and History for bosh
"empty talk, nonsense," 1834, from Turkish, literally "empty." Introduced in "Ayesha," popular romance novel by J.J. Morier (1780-1849).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper