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posh

 (pŏsh)
adj. posh·er, posh·est
1. Fashionable or luxurious: a posh hotel.
2. Typical of the upper class, especially in the United Kingdom: a posh upbringing.
3. Affectedly imitating characteristics of the upper class; pretentious: a posh accent.

[Probably from earlier slang posh, halfpenny, money, dandy, from Romani (dialect of England) posh-hórri, halfpenny : posh, half (from Sanskrit pārśvam, region of the ribs, flank, side, from parśuḥ, rib) + hórra, hórri, penny.]

posh′ly adv.
posh′ness n.
Word History: "Oh yes, Mater, we had a posh time of it down there." This sentence, found in a 1918 issue of the British satirical magazine Punch, contains one of the first known occurrences of the word posh. A popular theory holds that posh is an acronym of the words Port Out, Starboard Home denoting the cooler side of ships traveling from England to India and back again in the 1800s. Cabins on the cooler side of the ship were more expensive, and POSH was supposedly stamped on the tickets of first-class passengers traveling on that side of ships owned by the Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company. Although this theory of the origin of posh has caught the public's etymological fancy, no known evidence supports it. Instead, the likely source of the word is the 19th-century British slang word posh meaning "money," specifically "a halfpenny, cash of small value." (In British slang of the period, posh could also mean "a dandy"—a sense that also suggests a possible connection with the later posh, "fashionable or luxurious.") Posh meaning "money" (and perhaps also ultimately the posh meaning "a dandy," too) is of Romani origin, like a number of other English slang words such as nark ("an informer"), pal, and shiv. Posh originated as a shortening of a Romani word meaning "halfpenny" that is recorded, for example, as posh-hórri in a 19th-century glossary of words from the variety of Romani used by the Romani people of England. Posh in this compound word means "half," while hórri is a form of hórra, "penny." The Romani people descend from peoples who originally lived in South Asia but migrated westward, probably after around ad 1000, and the Romani language is descended from Sanskrit just like many of the modern languages spoken in South Asia, such as Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali. English Romani posh, "half," descends from the Sanskrit word pārśam, meaning "side." In this way, the word posh does in fact have a distant connection to India.

posh

(pɒʃ)
adj
1. smart, elegant, or fashionable; exclusive: posh clothes.
2. upper-class or genteel
adv
in a manner associated with the upper class: to talk posh.
[C19: often said to be an acronym of the phrase port out, starboard home, the most desirable location for a cabin in British ships sailing to and from the East, being the north-facing or shaded side; but more likely to be a development of obsolete slang posh a dandy]
ˈposhness n

posh

(pɒʃ)

adj.
stylishly elegant; luxurious: a posh new restaurant.
[1915–20; of obscure orig.; compare British slang posh a dandy (1890); the popular notion that the word is an acronym from port out(ward), starboard home, the preferred accommodation on ships traveling between England and India, is without foundation]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.posh - elegant and fashionable; "classy clothes"; "a classy dame"; "a posh restaurant"; "a swish pastry shop on the Rue du Bac"- Julia Child
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
stylish, fashionable - having elegance or taste or refinement in manners or dress; "a little less posh but every bit as stylish as Lord Peter Wimsey"; "the stylish resort of Gstadd"

posh

adjective (Informal, chiefly Brit.)
1. smart, grand, exclusive, luxury, elegant, fashionable, stylish, luxurious, classy (slang), swish (informal, chiefly Brit.), up-market, swanky (informal), ritzy (slang) I took her to a posh hotel for a cocktail.
2. upper-class, high-class, top-drawer, plummy, high-toned, la-di-da (informal) He sounded very posh on the phone.

posh

adjective
1. Being or in accordance with the current fashion:
Informal: classy, in, sharp, snappy, swish, tony, trendy.
Slang: with-it.
2. Catering to, used by, or admitting only the wealthy or socially superior:
Informal: ritzy.
Translations
مُمتاز، أنيق
nóblprima
fornem
tyylikäsupeayläluokkainen
fínn, flottur
aukštuomenės
greznslepnssmalks
nóbl
şık kibar

posh

[pɒʃ]
A. ADJ (posher (compar) (poshest (superl))) (= high-class) → elegante, pijo (Sp) ; (= affected) [accent etc] → afectado; [wedding etc] → de mucho rumbo; [school] → de buen tono
a posh car/hotelun coche/un hotel de lujo
posh peoplegente f bien
it's a very posh neighbourhoodes un barrio de lo más elegante
B. ADV to talk poshhablar con acento afectado
posh up VT + ADV to posh a place upprocurar que un local parezca más elegante, renovar la pintura de un local
it's all poshed upestá totalmente renovado, se ha reformado por completo
to posh o.s. uparreglarse, ataviarse, emperejilarse

posh

[ˈpɒʃ]
adj
(= smart) [place, thing] → chic inv
a posh hotel → un hôtel chic
(= upper-class) [person] → chic inv
to sound posh → avoir un accent très chic
adv
to talk posh → parler d'une manière affectée

posh

(inf)
adj (+er)piekfein (inf), → vornehm; neighbourhood, hotel, wedding alsonobel; friendsvornehm, fein; occasionvornehm, elegant
adv (+er) to talk poshmit vornehmem Akzent sprechen
vt to posh something up (inf)etw verschönern (inf)

posh

[pɒʃ] (fam)
1. adj (-er (comp) (-est (superl))) (people, neighbourhood, family) → per bene; (car, hotel, clothes) → elegante
2. adv to talk posh (pej) → parlare in modo snob
posh up (fam) vt + adv (decorate, improve) → abbellire; (clean up) → pulire
to posh o.s. up → agghindarsi

posh

(poʃ) adjective
of a superior type or class. a posh family; posh clothes.
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