josh

[josh]

verb (used with or without object)

to chaff; banter in a teasing way.

noun

good-natured banter.

Nearby words

  1. josephson,
  2. josephson effect,
  3. josephson junction,
  4. josephus,
  5. josephus, flavius,
  6. josh.,
  7. joshua,
  8. joshua tree,
  9. josiah,
  10. josias

Origin of josh

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

Related formsjosh·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for joshing

josh

verb

to tease (someone) in a bantering way

noun

a teasing or bantering joke
Derived Formsjosher, noun

Word Origin for josh

C19: perhaps from joke, influenced by bosh 1

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Word Origin and History for joshing

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