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Boche

also boche  (bŏsh, bôsh)
n. Offensive Slang
A German, especially a German soldier in World War I or World War II.

[French, alteration of Alboche, blend of Allemand, German; see allemande, and French dialectal caboche, cabbage, blockhead; see cabbage.]
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Boche

(bɒʃ)
(esp in World Wars I and II) n
1. a German, esp a German soldier
2. the Boche (usually functioning as plural) Germans collectively, esp German soldiers regarded as the enemy
[C20: from French, probably shortened from alboche German, from allemand German + caboche pate]
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Boche

(bɒʃ, bɔʃ)

n., pl. Boche, Boches (bosh, bôsh).
usage: This term dates back to World War I and was also used in World War II, but it appears today only in historical contexts. It is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting.
n.
(sometimes l.c.) Slang: Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German, esp. a German soldier in World War I and II.)
[1910–15; < French, aph. variant of alboche German]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Boche - offensive term for a person of German descent
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
jargon, lingo, patois, argot, vernacular, slang, cant - a characteristic language of a particular group (as among thieves); "they don't speak our lingo"
German - a person of German nationality
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Translations

Boche

[bɒʃ]
A. ADJ (pej) → alemán, tudesco
B. N (pej) → boche m, alemán m
the Bochelos alemanes
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Boche

n (pej inf)Boche m
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References in classic literature ?
I hastily pushed the girl down the companionway leading to the engine-room, and then I raised my pistol and fired my first shot at a boche. What happened in the next few seconds happened so quickly that details are rather blurred in my memory.
My boche was bearing me toward the side of the submarine against which the tug was still pounding.
At first the boches didn't seem to grasp his intention.
I sprang from the pilot-house and followed, not to be left out in the cold when it came to strafing the boches. From the engine room companionway came the engineer and stockers, and together we leaped after the balance of the crew and into the hand-to-hand fight that was covering the wet deck with red blood.
Immediately I was put in command, and the first thing I did was to go below with Olson and inspect the craft thoroughly for hidden boches and damaged machinery.
It was the second time he had spoken in three days and perhaps his very silence, ominous in itself, had done more to arouse terror in the breast of the Boche than even the spear point, ever ready as it always was.
Viewers will be able to giggle over jibes that "the Boche" are "damn foreigners" who do not wash and have "foreign smells" coming from their kitchens.
He wrote later: "Imagine my surprise and horror when I saw a whole crowd of armed Boches! I stood there for a moment feeling a bit sort of shy, and then levelled my revolver at the nearest Boche and shouted, 'Hands up, all the lot of you!' A few went up at once, then a few more and then the lot and I felt the proudest fellow in the world as I cursed them."
It was difficult not to feel, as one looked around the hideous wreckage of what once had been a pleasant, stately little town, that the Boche had found a fitting tomb."
During the first three weeks of June the battalion was out of the line 'at rest' but on 23rd the battalion returned to the front, with headquarters at Boche Spur.
A Once, during a performance of Mametz (a National Theatre Wales play about the battle of Mametz Wood during the Great War), instead of saying "the Rhodri Meilir will appear in the Theatr Bara Caws production "Dwyn i Gof" Boche have cleared our lines" my mouth decided that I should say "the Bish have cleared our lones" which made me sound like Officer Crabtree from 'Allo!