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josh Syllabification: josh

Definition of josh in English:


[with object]
1Tease (someone) in a playful way: he loved to josh people
More example sentences
  • We joke around a lot, splashing paint on one another and Michael joshing me on how I just ‘love’ Madeline.
  • The opposition leader was having a grand old time joshing the prime minister.
  • The former chief earlier told the tribunal he had joshed his former friend about the payments during a jogging session in the Wicklow hills, while Mr Maloney contradicted him and claimed Mr O'Brien had told him about it in his office.
1.1 [no object] Engage in joking or playful talk with others.
Example sentences
  • It takes a certain skill to do this well, juggling topics, joshing with callers and cracking jokes.
  • They both mean the same thing, I know that, but I prefer joking and I've never used joshing before in my whole lifetime.
  • Yes, I knew you were joshing, but I like to explain these things anyway, just in case there are other readers who aren't sure.


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Pronunciation: /ˈjäSHər/
Example sentences
  • The droll, witty Harvard Lampoon staff, the prime joshers of the Ivy League, have selected People magazine for their next parody effort.
  • ‘Another thing,’ said Joe, ‘I want to know whether you people are up on figures or whether you are a bunch of joshers.’


Mid 19th century (as a verb): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with josh

awash, Bosch, bosh, brioche, cloche, cohosh, cosh, dosh, Foch, galosh, gosh, mosh, nosh, posh, quash, slosh, splosh, squash, swash, tosh, wash
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