Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nonsense.
  • interj. Used to express disbelief or annoyance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Nonsense.
  • interj. An expression of disbelief or annoyance.
  • n. The lower part of a blast furnace, between the hearth and the stack.
  • n. A figure.
  • interj. An expression of speedy and satisfactory completion of a simple or straightforward task.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Figure; outline; show.
  • n. Empty talk; contemptible nonsense; trash; humbug.
  • n. One of the sloping sides of the lower part of a blast furnace; also, one of the hollow iron or brick sides of the bed of a puddling or boiling furnace.
  • n. The lower part of a blast furnace, which slopes inward, or the widest space at the top of this part.
  • n. In forging and smelting, a trough in which tools and ingots are cooled.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut a figure; make a show.
  • To make bosh or nonsense of; treat as bosh; spoil; humbug.
  • n. A rough sketch; an outline; a figure.
  • n. Utter nonsense; absurd or foolish talk or opinions; stuff; trash.
  • n. See boshes.
  • n. A trough in which bloomery tools (or, in copper-smelting, hot ingots) are cooled.
  • n. A kind of imitation butter; butterine: a trade-name in England.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. pretentious or silly talk or writing

Etymologies

Turkish boş, empty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish boş ("empty, unoccupied"). Entered into popular usage in English from the novels of James Justinian Morier. (Wiktionary)
From German (Wiktionary)
Unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What you call bosh is the only thing men dare die for.

    Act III

  • Well the reasons I give him respect is because before the year, I called bosh out as the weak link and said the heat would never win a title unless he gives up something and focus on defense, his biggest weakness.

    SI.com

  • Owen would be as tender with him as a woman, allowing the young lad's arm round his body, listening to words which the outer world would have called bosh -- and have derided as girlish.

    Castle Richmond

  • Too funny! ... noteTOself: Do Your Taxes hahaha the first 3 are gold: D "might be a bad time to call bosh" rofl ...

    blogTO

  • His brother James bluntly told him that this seemed "very like carrying a certain combustible material to Newcastle," and added, "Allow me to say that your remark about your not being equal to the job is nothing less than 'bosh'."

    'The Man Who Created Sherlock Holmes:

  • And some of it was the kind of bosh you can expect from an economist, as Mr. Summers is.

    Beyond the Gender Issue, What's the Deal at Harvard?

  • It was the Boer way of saying "bosh" to our ill-timed boast that the war was over.

    With the Guards' Brigade from Bloemfontein to Koomati Poort and Back

  • It is the meanest kind of bosh teaching people that there will be eternal punishment for ignorant wrong-doings in this short kindergarten experience of life, making them believe their last chance for anything better is gone forever.

    Insights and Heresies Pertaining to the Evolution of the Soul

  • Everything a medical man doesn't understand is 'bosh'!

    The Voice

  • It was Wolf Larsen's last word, "bosh," sceptical and invincible to the end.

    Chapter 38

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