- to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
- good-natured banter.
Origin of josh
- a male given name, form of Joshua.
Examples from the Web for josh
Contemporary Examples of josh
Josh had a different one, but Archie also signed a six-year contract.
So Good Wife fans have already weathered Josh Charles leaving.
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Diane (Christine Baranski) and Will (Josh Charles) were warned at the time about taking a notorious criminal as a client.‘The Good Wife’ Star Mike Colter Defends Lemond Bishop’s Killer Instincts
September 29, 2014
Robert: Look, Josh is both an amazing actor and he was a really good presence on the show.‘The Good Wife’ Creators on the Premiere’s Big Cary Twist, Will’s Death, and More
September 22, 2014
Historical Examples of josh
She told him yaller; an' Josh had him go right to work on't next day.
Cyrus he was goin' by Josh's, an' he didn't see no smoke from the settin'-room stove.
An' when Josh come in, 'Mandy she took a cinnamon-rose out of her dress, an' offered it to him.
An' Josh he got kind o' fretful to her, an' she to him, an' 'Mandy was all honey an' cream.
He's gone in for the whole hog, but he 'ain't growed to it, as Old Josh had.
- to tease (someone) in a bantering way
- a teasing or bantering joke
Word Origin for josh
"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.