Origin of poshprobably from obsolete British slang posh, earlier push, poosh, a dandy from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
A posh apartment
A fancy and elegant apartment building is an example of something that would be described as posh.
- 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 pārśvam region of the ribs, flank, side ) ( from parśuh 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.
- (soccer) Peterborough United F.C., a football club from Peterborough, England
- Clear diction, not a "posh voice", was what was wanted.
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- Viewers not only get the opportunity to peek into some of the most posh homes with the most spectacular views, but they also get to listen in as the agents broker these deals and interact with other agents.
- While Market Street used to be one of San Francisco's most illustrious and posh streets, it has fallen on hard times in recent years, and is now a rather dangerous place to be once the sun goes down.
- Learning how to decorate a baby nursery for a small room can be a challenge, especially if you dreamed of modeling your baby's first dwelling space after a photograph from a posh children's catalog.