: elegant, fashionable
a posh restaurant
British : typical of or intended for the upper classes : highfalutin
posh accents
poshly adverb
poshness noun

Examples of posh in a Sentence

They live in a posh neighborhood. The family is very posh.
Recent Examples on the Web The posh non-profit, Chinese-English bilingual school, which is led by Sohmen as its executive deputy chairman and his mother, Chairman Anna Sohmen Pao, is turning back to the drawing board to rethink their approach to their philanthropic endeavor. Shu-Ching Jean Chen, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 An hour into the posh cocktail party that Warner Bros. hosted for Greta Gerwig a couple of weeks ago, the sun was setting, the Wagyu beef sliders were cooling and the view of L.A. was turning golden. Glenn Whipp, Los Angeles Times, 28 Nov. 2023 McDowell opted for a more typical posh London accent for his performance. Jennifer Ouellette and Sean M. Carroll, Ars Technica, 24 Nov. 2023 The couple enjoyed a night out together dining at an upscale restaurant in the posh neighborhood Mayfair in London. Sadie Bell, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2023 Felix, in return, welcomes Oliver into his social circle, overruling his posh friends’ doubts. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 18 Nov. 2023 Jacob Elordi stars alongside Keoghan as Felix Catton, an effortlessly cool—and posh—classmate who invites Oliver home to his family’s estate, Saltburn, for the summer. Hannah Jackson, Vogue, 17 Nov. 2023 On one side is Lydia Quigley (Lesley Manville), who caters to the posh and elite members of society, and on the other is her former worker Margaret Wells (Samantha Morton), who is determined to run her own enterprise. Jacqueline Weiss, Peoplemag, 17 Nov. 2023 An adjacent dining area connects to a family room, while a posh upstairs master retreat is tricked out with a sitting room, private balconies, and a luxe bath flaunting a soaking tub and separate rainfall shower. Wendy Bowman, Robb Report, 17 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of posh was in 1914

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“Posh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/posh. Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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