bosh

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Turkish boş (empty, unoccupied). Entered into popular usage in English from the novels of James Justinian Morier.

Noun[edit]

bosh (uncountable)

  1. (chiefly UK) Nonsense.
    • 1868, Shirley Brooks, For A' That And A' That:
      Tho' hundreds cheer his blatant bosh,
      He's but a goose for a' that.
    • 1884, George Gissing, chapter 17, The Unclassed:
      But you know very well you're talking bosh," exclaimed Abraham, somewhat discomfited. "There must be government, and there must be order, say what you like.

Interjection[edit]

bosh

  1. (chiefly UK) An expression of disbelief or annoyance.
    • 1904, H. G. Wells, chapter 1, The Food of the Gods:
      "Bosh!" said the Vicar, rejecting the hint altogether.

Etymology 2[edit]

From German

Noun[edit]

bosh (plural boshes)

  1. The lower part of a blast furnace, between the hearth and the stack.

Etymology 3[edit]

Compare German Posse (farce, burlesque), Italian bozzo (a rough stone), bozzetto (a rough sketch).

Noun[edit]

bosh (plural boshes)

  1. (UK, chiefly Norfolk, slang, archaic) A figure.
    to cut a bosh — "to make a figure"

Interjection[edit]

bosh

  1. (UK) An expression of speedy and satisfactory completion of a simple or straightforward task.
    • 2001, rec.games.computer.ultima.dragons, Usenet:
      It's a ~3 foot double lead with two 5-pin DIN plugs on one end and a big gameport-sized-n-shaped plug on the other. One end into the gameport, t'other plugs into the back of your keyboard. Bosh, job done.
    • 2001, uk.local.lincolnshire, Usenet:
      My father registered with these people a few months ago, and all his calls dried up. He was also of the opinion that he shouldn't need to register not to be disturbed, and he's pretty ruthless on the 'phone when he wants to be . . . but eventually he grew tired of it . . . bosh. Job done.
    • 2003, uk.rec.cars.misc, Usenet:
      Wrong, get a LPG diesel. More power than either, better economy than either, bosh, job's done.
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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Possibly a derivative or related to mbush.

Adjective[edit]

bosh

  1. empty (devoid of content)
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Romani[edit]

Noun[edit]

bosh

  1. fiddle

Uzbek[edit]

Other scripts
Cyrillic бош
Roman bosh
Perso-Arabic ‍‍

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Turkic *baĺč

Noun[edit]

bosh (plural boshlar)

  1. (anatomy) head
  2. boss
  3. beginning