- to chaff; banter in a teasing way.
- good-natured banter.
Origin of josh
Examples from the Web for joshing
If you had, I'd probably have told it around and you'd have got a lot of joshing.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
Those there fellows he's joshing have been with him seven years.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
I'm just joshing the weakness of the lemonade the Associations give us.Stanford Stories
Charles K. Field
"Now there's a woman's thinking for you," he chided her fondly, joshing her a little.Eight Keys to Eden
Mark Irvin Clifton
"One might almost think that he was joshing me," said Bateman, flushing.The Trembling of a Leaf
William Somerset Maugham
- to tease (someone) in a bantering way
- a teasing or bantering joke
Word Origin and History for joshing
"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.