josh

[josh]
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noun
  1. good-natured banter.

Origin of josh

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; of obscure origin
Related formsjosh·er, noun

Josh

[josh]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Joshua.

Josh.

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Related Words for josh

razz, tease, banter, needle, jest, spoof, rib, kid, jive, jape

Examples from the Web for josh

Contemporary Examples of josh

Historical Examples of josh

  • She told him yaller; an' Josh had him go right to work on't next day.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Cyrus he was goin' by Josh's, an' he didn't see no smoke from the settin'-room stove.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • An' when Josh come in, 'Mandy she took a cinnamon-rose out of her dress, an' offered it to him.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • An' Josh he got kind o' fretful to her, an' she to him, an' 'Mandy was all honey an' cream.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • He's gone in for the whole hog, but he 'ain't growed to it, as Old Josh had.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown


British Dictionary definitions for josh

josh

verb
  1. to tease (someone) in a bantering way
noun
  1. a teasing or bantering joke
Derived Formsjosher, noun

Word Origin for josh

C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh 1

Josh.

abbreviation for
  1. Joshua
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Word Origin and History for josh
v.

"to make fun of, to banter," 1845, American English, probably from the familiar version of the proper name Joshua, but just which Joshua, or why, is long forgotten. Perhaps it was taken as a typical name of an old farmer. The word was in use earlier than the career of U.S. humorist Josh Billings, pseudonym of Henry Wheeler Shaw (1818-1885), who did not begin to write and lecture until 1860; but his popularity after 1869 may have influence that of the word.

About the most originality that any writer can hope to achieve honestly is to steal with good judgment. ["Josh Billings"]

Related: Joshed; joshing.

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