\ˈjäsh \
joshed; joshing; joshes

Definition of josh 

(Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to engage in banter : joke

transitive verb

: to tease good-naturedly : kid



Definition of josh (Entry 2 of 3)

: a good-humored joke : jest

Definition of Josh (Entry 3 of 3)

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josher noun

Synonyms for josh

Synonyms: Verb

banter, chaff, fool, fun, gag, jape, jest, jive, joke, jolly, kid, quip, wisecrack, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

Synonyms: Noun

boff (or boffo), boffola, crack, drollery, funny, gag, giggle [chiefly British], jape, jest, joke, laugh, nifty, one-liner, pleasantry, quip, rib, sally, waggery, wisecrack, witticism, yuk (or yuck) [slang]

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Examples of josh in a Sentence


Don't take him seriously. He's just joshing. don't get all hot and bothered! I'm just joshing you


a close-knit family constantly exchanging lighthearted joshes at the dinner table
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There is a little too much joshing around going on, actually. Chris Erskine,, "A toast to New Orleans, the place it all began for us," 6 July 2018 Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump, said the first lady and Prince Harry chatted about the competition during their approximately 20-minute meeting and joshed about which country would take home the most medals. Washington Post, "US first lady to Invictus athletes: ‘Bring home the gold’," 23 Sep. 2017 The Broncos’ locker room is typically boisterous, with celebratory shouts and smiles and even joshing on camera during interviews. Nicki Jhabvala, The Denver Post, "Broncos players emotional after learning of Gary Kubiak’s resignation: “That’s our leader”," 1 Jan. 2017 The group joshed around and one by one, stepped up to thwack golf balls towards a tiny floating island in the Connecticut River. Amanda Morris, Courant Community, "Hit a Golf Ball, Feed a Fish During Connecticut River Promotion," 17 June 2017 I was accused of crying it when the City believed our NFL team was just joshing us, feinting, bluffing. Nick Canepa,, "'Q' must remain for SDSU football to survive," 5 June 2017

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First Known Use of josh


1845, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


1878, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for josh


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of josh

: to talk to someone in a friendly and joking way


\ˈjäsh \
joshed; joshing

Kids Definition of josh

: to make humorous remarks or tease in a good-natured way

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