A posh apartment
A fancy and elegant apartment building is an example of something that would be described as posh.
Origin of poshprobably ; from obsolete British slang posh, earlier push, poosh, a dandy ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Fashionable or luxurious: a posh hotel
- Typical of the upper class, especially in the United Kingdom: a posh upbringing.
- Affectedly imitating characteristics of the upper class; pretentious: a posh accent.
Origin of poshProbably from earlier slang posh, halfpenny, money, dandy, from Romani (dialect of England) posh-hórri, halfpenny : posh, half (from Sanskrit parśvam, region of the ribs, flank, side, from parśu&hlowdot;, rib) + hórra, hórri, penny.
(comparative posher or more posh, superlative poshest or most posh)
- Associated with the upper classes.
- She talks with a posh accent.
- Stylish, elegant, exclusive (expensive).
- After the performance they went out to a very posh restaurant.
- Snobbish, materialistic, prejudiced, under the illusion that they are better than everyone else. usually offensive. (especially in Scotland and Northern England)
- We have a right posh git moving in next door
- An exclamation expressing derision.
Most likely derived from the Romani term posh (“half"), either because posh-kooroona "half a crown" (originally a substantial sum of money) was used metaphorically for anything pricey or upper-class, or because posh-houri "half-penny" became a general term for money.
A period slang dictionary defines "posh" as a term used by thieves for "money : generic, but specifically, a halfpenny or other small coin". An example is given from Page's Eavesdropper (1888): "They used such funny terms: 'brads,' and 'dibbs,' and 'mopusses,' and 'posh' ... at last it was borne in upon me that they were talking about money."
Evidence exits for a slang sense from the 1890s meaning "dandy", which is quite possibly related.
A popular folk etymology holds that the term is an acronym for "port out, starboard home" , describing the cooler, north-facing cabins taken by the most aristocratic or rich passengers travelling from Britain to India and back. However, there is no direct evidence for this claim.
See also the articles mentioned in the References section below for additional discussion.
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