noun or adjective

bol·​shie ˈbōl-shē How to pronounce bolshie (audio)
variants or bolshy
often capitalized : bolshevik
British : refusing to obey or help : defiant and uncooperative

Examples of bolshie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Leavers were more broadly motivated to restore British sovereignty, and so to revive national pride and a bolshie islander independence. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, 10 Apr. 2019

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Word History


by shortening & alteration

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bolshie was in 1918

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“Bolshie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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