(orig. milit.) smart, pertaining to the upper classes.
|[||Tales of St Austin’s 37: That waistcoat [...] being quite the most push thing of the sort in Cambridge].|
|Long Carry (1970) 33: These were ‘posh’ places compared to the usual dugouts. [Ibid.] 13 Nov. 92: Little did we think [...] that we were leaving the Arras trenches for the last time. Things were so ‘posh’ and ‘cushy’ here.diary 8 Mar.|
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 229: Posh: Smart. Spruce.|
|Film Fun 8 Sept. 1: Ollie came along a little later looking very posh indeed.|
|Reported Safe Arrival 131: We’re goin’ ter ’ave a posh feed at the bes’ hotel.|
|Mating Season 7: Haddock, though not as posh as he might be [...] foots the bills.|
|Look Back in Anger Act I: There are only two posh papers on a Sunday.|
|All Night Stand 212: Shall I get a Wisdom from Boots, or a fancy black one, with gold inlay, at a posh shop?|
|Sun. Times Mag. 12 Oct. 28: You imagine them in their posh houses, getting up to all kinds of things.|
|Bonfire of the Vanities 514: You do go on about the posh Mr. McCoy and his posh auto and his posh flat and his posh job and his posh daddy and his posh girlfriend.|
|Never a Normal Man 128: The atmosphere was that of a posh Bedlam.|
|Black Tide (2012) [ebook] Bloody posh [...] S’pose this is where me sixty grand went.|
|Experience 17: It used to be cool to be posh.|
|Diaries 19 July 217: These young men in Hardy Amies suits who always have boxes of fifty fags and generate poshery.|
a member of the upper class and/or establishment.
|Killing Pool 153: They [i.e. criminals] socialise with posh-knobs and soap stars and footballers.|
1. dressed up.
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 347: Poshed Up. Dressed up for a special occasion.|
2. rendered sophisticated, ‘classy’.
|Burglar to the Nobility 160: I called it the Penguin Club [...] all poshed-up so the seedier members of the fraternity would feel ill-at-easem, but the spenders wouldn’t.|
an attractive young woman who is also considered intelligent or upper class.
|‘Billericay Dickie’ [lyrics] A nice bit of posh from Burnham-on-Crouch.|
|Guardian G2 27 July 22: She’s sexy, she is. Bit of posh.|
|Layer Cake 49: First time out he’s got himself hitched up to this bitta posh who’s half a duchess.|
|Indep. Rev. 18 Feb. 9: Mags and Jan (Den’s bits of posh).|
(Aus.) to spend to excess, to do something in style.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 56: Posh, do the, to spend lavishly, do something ‘in style’.|
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 232/2: do the posh – put on the dog.|
of a person, to smarten one’s clothes, house etc.
|(con. 1914–18) Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 152: Posh Up.—To smarten one’s appearance.|
|Diary I (1950) 75: [Somerset] Maugham’s daughter got married today. Mum and I poshed ourselves up and went and looked on.|
|Otterbury Incident 59: He had poshed himself up to call on Ted’s sister, Rose.|
|Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 103: May as well posh meself up even if it is only Flo and Jim.|
|Up the Junction 29: The club is an old cellar poshed up with hardboard and flashy paper.|
|Stage (London) 10 Jan. 16/4: He brought to it the touich of lively Yorkshire comedy (with no attempt to posh up the accent).|
|(con. 1945) Touch and Go 80: Her accent was poshed up.|