zhoosh

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from Angloromani yuser(clean, verb) and yusher(clear, verb), from Angloromani yus-, yuz-, yuzh-(clean) and yush-(clear), from Romani žuž-, už-(clean, adjective). Cognate with Hindi उज्ज्वल(ujjval, bright).

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Verb[edit]

zhoosh ‎(third-person singular simple present zhooshes, present participle zhooshing, simple past and past participle zhooshed)

  1. (transitive, originally Polari, Britain and Australia, slang) To tweak, finesse or improve (something); to make more appealing or exciting. Usually with up.
    • 2013, Hilary Mantel, ‘Royal Bodies’, London Review of Books, 35.IV:
      Get your pink frilly frocks out, zhuzh up your platinum locks. We are all Barbara Cartland now.

Adjective[edit]

zhoosh ‎(comparative more zhoosh, superlative most zhoosh)

  1. (South Africa, slang) stylish, hot, cool