bol·​shie | \ ˈbōl-shē How to pronounce bolshie (audio) , ˈbȯl-, ˈbäl-\
variants: or bolshy

Definition of bolshie

1 often capitalized : bolshevik
2 British : refusing to obey or help : defiant and uncooperative

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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, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of bolshie

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bolshie

by shortening & alteration

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English Language Learners Definition of bolshie

British, informal : refusing to obey or help

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