posh

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[posh]

Origin of posh

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1915–20; of obscure origin; compareposha dandy (recorded as British slang in 1890); the popular notion that the word is an acronym from port out(ward), starboard home, said to be the preferred accommodation on ships traveling between England and India, is without foundation
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Contemporary Examples of poshest

  • Bar none, the poshest place to stay is Saxon Boutique Hotel, Villas and Spa in Sandhurst.

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    Jolie Hunt

    July 10, 2010

  • That girl doesn't live in one the poshest suburbs of Los Angeles.

  • We went to Atlantic City for a weekend and stayed at the Borgata, the poshest hotel in town.

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British Dictionary definitions for poshest

posh

adjective
  1. smart, elegant, or fashionable; exclusiveposh clothes
  2. upper-class or genteel
adverb
  1. in a manner associated with the upper classto talk posh
Derived Formsposhness, noun

Word Origin for posh

C19: often said to be an acronym of the phrase port out, starboard home, the most desirable location for a cabin in British ships sailing to and from the East, being the north-facing or shaded side; but more likely to be a development of obsolete slang posh a dandy
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Word Origin and History for poshest

posh

adj.

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]
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