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josh

[ josh ]
/ dʒɒʃ /
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verb (used with or without object)
to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
noun
good-natured banter.
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Origin of josh

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; of obscure origin

OTHER WORDS FROM josh

josher, noun

Other definitions for josh (2 of 3)

Josh
[ josh ]
/ dʒɒʃ /

noun
a male given name, form of Joshua.

Other definitions for josh (3 of 3)

Josh.

abbreviation Bible.
Joshua.
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British Dictionary definitions for josh (1 of 2)

josh
/ (dʒɒʃ) slang /

verb
to tease (someone) in a bantering way
noun
a teasing or bantering joke

Derived forms of josh

josher, noun

Word Origin for josh

C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh 1

British Dictionary definitions for josh (2 of 2)

Josh.
/ Bible /

abbreviation for
Joshua
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