Definition of posh adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pɒʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pɑːʃ//
    (posher, poshest) (informal)
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  1. 1elegant and expensive a posh hotel You look very posh in your new suit.
  2. 2(British English, sometimes disapproving) typical of or used by people who belong to a high social class synonym stylish a posh accent/voice They live in the posh part of town. They pay for their children to go to a posh school. They think they’re so important with their designer clothes and posh accents. Her parents are very posh.
  3. Word Originearly 20th cent.: perhaps from slang posh, denoting a dandy. There is no evidence to support the folk etymology that posh is formed from the initials of port out starboard home (referring to the more comfortable accommodation, out of the heat of the sun, on ships between England and India).

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