Definition of posh in English:

posh

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Pronunciation: /pɒʃ
 
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informal

adjective

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.

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’.

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).

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