Definition of bolshie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒlʃi/
(also bolshy) British informal


(Of a person or attitude) deliberately combative or uncooperative: policemen with bolshie attitudes
More example sentences
  • Leah is very loud, very mouthy, a typical bolshie teenager.
  • This does not go down well with the ensemble's increasingly bolshie members who do not seem to recognise the irony of their conservative response to the work of a fellow avant gardist.
  • Even his players are openly bolshie, perhaps hoping to distance themselves from a humiliation at Euro 2000.
uncooperative, awkward, contrary, truculent, perverse, difficult, unreasonable, obstructive, disobliging, stubborn, obstinate, unhelpful, recalcitrant, mutinous, refractory, annoying, tiresome, exasperating, trying;
Scottish  thrawn
North American informal balky


(Bolshie) (plural Bolshies) dated A Bolshevik or socialist.
Example sentences
  • Old Bolshies will spin this story to defend Lenin and Communism.
  • Had I grown up in, say, the Deep South among ribald Lincoln-bashing economists, there's every reason to believe that I'd be a Bolshie with a love of touch football.



Example sentences
  • They got a reputation for bolshiness, political dissidence, courage and tenacity that they have never lost.
  • Change is needed if we're to recover the variety, energy and general bolshiness of earlier eras and to guarantee the creativity and ambition needed to thrive in the post-call centre world.
  • I think we may have finally become adults towards each other as there was a lot less bolshiness and a lot more communication than usual.

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