Definition of bolshie in English:

bolshie

(also bolshy)

adjective

British
informal
  • (of a person or attitude) deliberately combative or uncooperative.

    ‘policemen with bolshie attitudes’
    • ‘I keep picking careers that demand me to be bolshy and not shy, and that's pretty silly, really.’
    • ‘As soon as the pest man had finished his work a bolshie member of staff demanded to know what he planned to do with the wasps.’
    • ‘As seems to happen with American soaps, the cast grow bored with being typecast, get bolshy, and push for stories where they can showcase their skills.’
    • ‘On stage she played a bolshie British student searching for her mother.’
    • ‘Well, she can be as bolshie as Kevin.’
    • ‘People often wonder why Dr Holloway has such a bolshie streak in him.’
    • ‘Being the bolshie little fourteen year-olds that we were, we told him ‘Sir, you can't make us do that’.’
    • ‘Unsure which way the wind is blowing, the Cabinet is growing bolshy.’
    • ‘This does not go down well with the ensemble's increasingly bolshie members who do not seem to recognise the irony of their conservative response to the work of a fellow avant gardist.’
    • ‘Even his players are openly bolshie, perhaps hoping to distance themselves from a humiliation at Euro 2000.’
    • ‘His story begins in 1972 when Douglas was accosted at a bus stop in Edinburgh by two bolshie 12-year-olds.’
    • ‘Helen McCrory, plays his partner Rose Fitzgerald, a bolshy barrister who begins the series heavily pregnant with Guthrie's child.’
    • ‘I'll admit that the language is clumsy in places, and parts could be read as bolshy.’
    • ‘But is this a bolshie minority of stick-in-the-muds who don't like change?’
    • ‘This said, I'm no bolshie hero going to court or engaging in ugly confrontations with inspectors.’
    • ‘It seems that I turn into a bolshy, opinionated and entirely spoilt six-year-old kid at moments like this.’
    • ‘Leah is very loud, very mouthy, a typical bolshie teenager.’
    • ‘She is the bolshy New York journalist who mixes with politicians and spies.’
    • ‘Ah, London, how I love your freezing tracks, your slippery pavements, your panicky, bolshy commuters, your sullen faces.’
    • ‘Anyone who questions the actions at any level gets known as being bolshie.’
    uncooperative, awkward, contrary, truculent, perverse, difficult, unreasonable, obstructive, disobliging, stubborn, obstinate, unhelpful, recalcitrant, mutinous, refractory, annoying, tiresome, exasperating, trying
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noun

plural Bolshies
British
informal, dated
  • A Bolshevik or socialist.

    • ‘Had I grown up in, say, the Deep South among ribald Lincoln-bashing economists, there's every reason to believe that I'd be a Bolshie with a love of touch football.’
    • ‘Old Bolshies will spin this story to defend Lenin and Communism.’
    left-winger, fabian, syndicalist, utopian socialist
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Origin

Early 20th century: abbreviation of Bolshevik.

Pronunciation

bolshie

/ˈbɒlʃi/