\ ˈskōsh How to pronounce skosh (audio) \

Definition of skosh

: a small amount : bit, smidgen used adverbially with a just a skosh bit shook— Josiah 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 as a noun (as in our example sentence) or adverbially (as in "I'm a skosh tired").

Examples of skosh in a Sentence

add just a skosh more blue to the paint mixture
Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Dell XPS 13 vs. Dell XPS 15: Which should you buy?," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of skosh

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for skosh

Japanese sukoshi

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“Skosh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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