Definition of josh in English:

josh

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Pronunciation: /dʒɒʃ
 
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informal

verb

[with object]
  • 1Tease (someone) in a playful way: he loved to josh people
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    • 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: they joshed with the men who were waiting their turn to eat (as noun joshing) there was some perfunctory joshing
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    • 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.

noun

[mass noun] North American Back to top  
  • Good-natured banter: we found him tired-eyed and peaked—not a man for josh and chatter

Derivatives

josher

noun
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  • 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.’

Origin

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

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