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josh (plural joshes)

  1. Good-natured banter.


josh (third-person singular simple present joshes, present participle joshing, simple past and past participle joshed)

  1. (transitive) To tease someone in a kindly or friendly fashion.
  2. (intransitive) To make or exchange good-natured jokes.
    • 1902: We are old friends, did I not tell you? So I may, what you Americans call, josh with him.Jack London, A Daughter of the Snows
    • 2013, Russell Brand, Russell Brand and the GQ awards: 'It's amazing how absurd it seems' (in The Guardian, 13 September 2013)[1]
      Boris, it seems, is taking it in this spirit, joshing beneath his ever-redeeming barnet that Labour's opposition to military action in Syria is a fey stance that he, as GQ politician of the year, would never be guilty of.


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  • josh” in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006.



From Proto-Albanian *jāudsja, from Proto-Indo-European *Hi̯eu̯dʰ- (compare Lithuanian jáudinti (to excite, arouse), Polish judzić (to incite), Latin jubere (to order)).


josh (first-person singular past tense josha, participle joshur)

  1. to fondle, caress
  2. to entice, seduce

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