Definition of posh in English:

posh

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Pronunciation: /pɒʃ
 
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informal

adjective

1Elegant or stylishly luxurious: a posh hotel I’ll have to look posh
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  • We meet in a tiny plush room in a posh London hotel which is the regular haunt for such interviews.
  • We were surrounded by the old-fashioned glamor of the lobby of the grandest hotel in this posh French seaside resort.
  • A grand bash to celebrate his birthday was held in a posh hotel only five days earlier.
Synonyms
smart, stylish, upmarket, fancy, high-class, fashionable, chic, luxurious, luxury, deluxe, exclusive, select, sumptuous, opulent, lavish, grand, rich, elegant, ornate, ostentatious, showy; North Americanhigh-toned
informal classy, swanky, snazzy, plush, plushy, ritzy, flash, la-di-da, fancy-pants
British informal swish
North American informal swank, tony
South African informal larney
US black English dicty
British informal , dated swagger
derogatory chichi
archaic swell
rare sprauncy
1.1British Typical of or belonging to the upper class: she had a posh accent
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  • Oh, and people with unpleasantly posh Home Counties accents who speak far louder than they need to in an enclosed space should probably be gagged with gaffer tape.
  • Bourne melds eloquent dance moves and witty everyday gestures to evoke crumbling class divides in this story of the downward spiral of an upper-class man and his posh girlfriend.
  • And he saw the cubs and adults roistering on the huge expanse of lawn that belonged to the posh street running parallel to Hillside Drive.
Synonyms
upper-class, aristocratic, upmarket, Home Counties
British informal plummy, Sloaney, U

adverb

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In an upper-class way: trying to talk posh

noun

[mass noun] British Back to top  
The quality of being elegant, stylish, or upper class: we finally bought a colour TV, which seemed the height of posh
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  • When I first joined, after I'd been in art school, I was understudying and they thought I was posh because I didn't happen to have a broad Glasgow accent.
  • Move over trailer trash here come the park home posh.
  • Its a settee, occasionally a couch if we're feeling posh.

verb

[with object] (posh someone/thing up) British Back to top  
Smarten someone or something up: we will be getting all poshed up for the company summer ball
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  • The interior seems cheap, despite the attempt to posh it up.

Origin

early 20th century: perhaps from slang posh, denoting a dandy. There is no evidence to support the folk etymology that posh is formed from the initials of port out starboard home (referring to the more comfortable accommodation, out of the heat of the sun, on ships between England and India).

Derivatives

poshly

adverb
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  • When the children were babies, I would place them in a small wooden carriage and walk them on the geometrically designed concrete path through a beautiful garden of perfect flowers and poshly grown trees.
  • ‘Oh I suppose that makes it better, I'm afraid I'm busy ’, She replied poshly.
  • In the more poshly trimmed versions, you can fold the back seats flat, too, opening up a space into which you could probably fit, not just the shopping, but also a sheepdog of average growth, provided you pushed hard.

poshness

noun
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  • Whether it was the poshness of her voice, the crispness of her syntax or whatever, I decided to listen… ‘Blah, blah, blah, your son has won a competition’
  • It has a veritable passion for worshipping those people who are endowed with celebrity and vast visible wealth; yet it has an instinctive antipathy towards poshness and uppity aspirations.
  • He seems obsessed with poshness - wanting to ‘eat out somewhere a bit posh’ and finding the food ‘rather posh’.

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