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cosh

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[ kosh ]
/ kɒʃ /
Chiefly British Slang.
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noun
verb (used with object)
to hit on the head with a cosh.
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Origin of cosh

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First recorded in 1865–70; of uncertain origin; perhaps from Romani kosh, koshter “piece of wood,stick,” akin to Sanskrit kāṣṭham

Other definitions for cosh (2 of 2)

cosh2
[ kosh ]
/ kɒʃ /

noun Mathematics.
hyperbolic cosine.

Origin of cosh

2
First recorded in 1870–75; cos(ine) + h(yperbolic)
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British Dictionary definitions for cosh (1 of 2)

cosh1
/ (kɒʃ) British /

noun
a blunt weapon, often made of hard rubber; bludgeon
an attack with such a weapon
verb (tr)
to hit with such a weapon, esp on the head

Word Origin for cosh

C19: from Romany kosh, from koshter skewer, stick

British Dictionary definitions for cosh (2 of 2)

cosh2
/ (kɒʃ, ˈkɒsˈeɪtʃ) /

noun
hyperbolic cosine; a hyperbolic function, cosh z = 1/2 (e z + e –z), related to cosine by the expression cosh i z = cos z, where i = √–1

Word Origin for cosh

C19: from cos (ine) + h (yperbolic)
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Scientific definitions for cosh

cosh

Abbreviation of hyperbolic cosine
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