\ ˈjäsh How to pronounce josh (audio) \
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)

Other Words from josh


josher noun

Synonyms for josh

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of josh in a Sentence

Verb Don't take him seriously. He's just joshing. don't get all hot and bothered! I'm just joshing you Noun a close-knit family constantly exchanging lighthearted joshes at the dinner table
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Ripa—expertly self-deprecatory, humble in the face of escalating absurdities—joshed that their attendance was a form of punishment, and instead courted the home viewer’s attention. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 13 Mar. 2020 Last June, at an annual gathering of military bigwigs in Singapore, France’s defence minister joshed her British counterpart by pointing out that the previous year both had vied to send more frigates to the Shangri-La Dialogue than the other. The Economist, 14 Nov. 2019 The son of Caitlyn Jenner and star of The Hills joshed about the moment on Instagram yesterday when his pal Brandon Lee brought up the hot topic in his comments. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 Aug. 2019 They could just as easily be ensconced in your den, hunched over Playstation while joking, joshing and jabbing with each other as only best buds can. Rod Stafford Hagwood,, 5 July 2019 There is a little too much joshing around going on, actually. Chris Erskine,, 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, 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, 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, 17 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


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English Language Learners Definition of josh

: to talk to someone in a friendly and joking way


\ ˈjäsh How to pronounce josh (audio) \
joshed; joshing

Kids Definition of josh

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

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