: a small amount : bit, smidgen
used adverbially with a
just a skosh bit shookJosiah Bunting

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The word skosh comes from the Japanese word sukoshi, which is pronounced "skoh shee" and means "a tiny bit" or "a small amount." The Japanese word was shortened by U.S. servicemen stationed in Japan after World War II. Later, in the Korean War, a small soldier was often nicknamed Skosh. In civilian-speak, skosh can be used by itself as a noun or in the adverbial phrase "a skosh".

Examples of skosh in a Sentence

add just a skosh more blue to the paint mixture
Recent Examples on the Web Price growth slowed a skosh and inventory ticked up slightly across the nation’s biggest metros in the third quarter. cleveland, 12 Dec. 2021 The screen sizes range from 13.3 inches diagonally for the Dell XPS 13 to a skosh bigger (13.4) on the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, while the Dell XPS 15 has a 15.6-inch panel. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 13 Nov. 2019

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Word History


Japanese sukoshi

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of skosh was in 1952


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Cite this Entry

“Skosh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/skosh. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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