Origin of posh1
Origin of posh2
Related Words for poshexclusive, swank, fashionable, classy, swanky, opulent, elegant, luxury, grand, trendy, chic, deluxe, high-class, ritzy, modish, rich, smart, swish, la-di-da
Examples from the Web for posh
Contemporary Examples of posh
Over the past few days, photos have trickled out showing the happy couple and their guests zipping around Venice on posh boats.Screw George Clooney—Amal Alamuddin Is the Catch
September 30, 2014
Despite the profusion of products, the star—as the U.N. clearly knows—will always be Posh herself.What The Hell is Posh Spice Doing At The UN?
September 29, 2014
Her father built a successful business and the family lives in an $800,000 sandstone house in a posh Glasgow suburb.The Bride of ISIS Revealed
September 3, 2014
Earlier this month a brand new art museum opened in the posh mountain resort town of Aspen, Colorado.Shigeru Ban: Triumph From Disaster
August 31, 2014
Bogie and Bacall purchased a $160,000 mansion in Holmby Hills, a posh enclave in Los Angeles, and played house.Bogie & Bacall: A Hollywood Romance for the Ages
August 13, 2014
Historical Examples of posh
I do not think Posh troubled himself much about the accounts.
But by this time FitzGerald had seen symptoms in Posh which caused him anxiety.
I was glad to see that Posh no longer numbered me among “that breed.”
But it is possible that Posh dealt more fairly with him than he thought.
This Posh bought for about £100 without consulting his partner.
Word Origin for posh
by 1914 (1903 as push), of uncertain origin; no evidence for the common derivation from an acronym of port outward, starboard home, supposedly the shipboard accommodations of wealthy British traveling to India on the P & O Lines (to keep their cabins out of the sun); as per OED, see objections outlined in G. Chowdharay-Best, "Mariner's Mirror," Jan. 1971; also see here . More likely from slang posh "a dandy" (1890), from thieves' slang meaning "money" (1830), originally "coin of small value, halfpenny," possibly from Romany posh "half" [Barnhart].
The cavalryman, far more than the infantryman, makes a point of wearing "posh" clothing on every possible occasion -- "posh" being a term used to designate superior clothing, or articles of attire other than those issued by and strictly conforming to the regulations. [E. Charles Vivian, "The British Army From Within," London, 1914]