zhoosh

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[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).

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

Etymology 2[edit]

Onomatopoeic (from the sound of the blender).

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To blend ingredients together using an electric food mixer.
    Throw it all in a blender and zhoosh it until it's creamy smooth.

Noun[edit]

zhoosh (plural zhooshes)

  1. The action of mixing ingredients using an electric food mixer; a pulse of mixing.
    Give the eggs and milk a quick zhoosh in the blender.