Definition of posh in English:

posh

adjective

informal
  • 1Elegant or stylishly luxurious:

    ‘a posh hotel’
    ‘I'll have to look posh’
    • ‘In our posh London hotel suite, she glides through, thanks the press girl, and is regally solicitous when a tape recorder coughs and dies.’
    • ‘In the middle of the fest, private rooms offering charming traditional and local atmosphere could be rented at prices a few times lower than the posh hotels.’
    • ‘The crowd is a mix between trendy hotel visitors and posh Londoners.’
    • ‘A lilac purple with touches of green and gold make the dining area welcoming and elegant, cosy but posh.’
    • ‘The situation is the same when I visit hotels and posh offices.’
    • ‘Howard, having, bought off all other shareholders was answerable to no one and operated through telephones while living in posh hotels.’
    • ‘A grand bash to celebrate his birthday was held in a posh hotel only five days earlier.’
    • ‘Many of those calls he says come from posh hotels and prestigious New York addresses dispelling the myth that bed bugs only reside in filth.’
    • ‘Or is there anyplace at all left in the world now where one can swagger around in stylish khaki like a posh colonial looking for some game to shoot?’
    • ‘I've left the comforting surroundings of rural Norfolk, and I'm staying in a posh hotel in Marylebone Lane, London.’
    • ‘Be it a midnight operation to nab criminals or surprise raid on luxurious houses in posh localities, she is always there to lead from the front.’
    • ‘Hampstead is rich, posh, exclusive, arty, cosmopolitan - little of which appears to have rubbed off on me.’
    • ‘Loser buys the winner two rounds of drinks on opening night at the hotel's posh bar.’
    • ‘He's probably still waiting for you at his flat or posh hotel, whatever it is.’
    • ‘We meet in a tiny plush room in a posh London hotel which is the regular haunt for such interviews.’
    • ‘These guests seriously enjoy dressing up in very posh frocks and stylish black ties for dinner.’
    • ‘The fact that I was traveling to an exciting new city with a posh hotel room didn't hurt either.’
    • ‘For my birthday, my friends and I ended up in Harry's Bar, a very posh and luxurious bar in a posh and luxurious part of town.’
    • ‘A friend is visiting me and we plan to lunch at a posh hotel.’
    • ‘I got a room at a posh hotel in Dorchester, for the night after the wedding, and the night after that, paying far more per night than I could afford.’
    • ‘We were surrounded by the old-fashioned glamor of the lobby of the grandest hotel in this posh French seaside resort.’
    smart, stylish, upmarket, fancy, high-class, fashionable, chic, luxurious, luxury, deluxe, exclusive, select, sumptuous, opulent, lavish, grand, rich, elegant, ornate, ostentatious, showy
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    1. 1.1British Typical of or belonging to the upper class:
      ‘she had a posh accent’
      • ‘I come from Chigwell don't you know - the posh part of Essex.’
      • ‘At Betty Parsons's antenatal classes, which were very Sloaney and posh, I was the only short, fat Jewish mother.’
      • ‘I say supremely in an upper-class, posh sort of tone.’
      • ‘Without that fragility, nobody would watch this posh woman with a cut-glass accent.’
      • ‘And he saw the cubs and adults roistering on the huge expanse of lawn that belonged to the posh street running parallel to Hillside Drive.’
      • ‘Her posh accent left no one in doubt as to her upper class breeding.’
      • ‘There are some very funny lines peppered around and Neve Campbell does a very good posh English accent - but this is something of a one-trick pony.’
      • ‘I have the posh education, I have the posh accent, I'm not a bad shot.’
      • ‘She was short, with big curly brown hair and a little bald husband, and she was always cheery and happy and had an improbably posh accent and as with most such people a fearsome temper that you really didn't want to provoke.’
      • ‘Despite my southern accent, I am not what you would call posh.’
      • ‘He dubbed himself Alistair, traded in his homely Midlands accent for one closer to Mayfair, and cultivated a posh circle of friends.’
      • ‘Her accent is unredeemed posh but her politics are Old Labour.’
      • ‘But whilst sounding posh seems to have become deeply unfashionable amongst upper class youth, the lifestyle that goes with posh hasn't.’
      • ‘Bourne melds eloquent dance moves and witty everyday gestures to evoke crumbling class divides in this story of the downward spiral of an upper-class man and his posh girlfriend.’
      • ‘Thankfully, the days when a posh accent implied intelligence are fading fast, partly under the pressure of modern media.’
      • ‘‘I have said to you before that if you have a PhD and a posh accent from a school like yours, you are regarded as a sophisticate,’ he said.’
      • ‘And there is something very patronising about people with posh accents telling working-class people that their windows are too dirty.’
      • ‘Soon, the car pulled into the car park of the most upper-class, posh and wealthy sports club in the entire state.’
      • ‘Oh, and people with unpleasantly posh Home Counties accents who speak far louder than they need to in an enclosed space should probably be gagged with gaffer tape.’
      • ‘A posh boy from the Home Counties is rewarded for his self-discipline, hard work and ambition.’
      upper-class, aristocratic, upmarket, home counties
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adverb

British
informal
  • In an upper-class way:

    ‘trying to talk posh’

noun

British
informal
  • [mass noun] The quality of being elegant, stylish, or upper class:

    ‘we finally bought a colour TV, which seemed the height of posh’
    • ‘They're right posh, and spawning, but people don't go onto Parkinson to be treated like disobedient children.’
    • ‘I've been to a tonne of media events that sound dead posh (some were) but were all about work.’
    • ‘Not proper posh - they're all East End types made good.’
    • ‘Its a settee, occasionally a couch if we're feeling posh.’
    • ‘They come across as a little bit unhinged, a little bit posh (or at least upper - middle), but actually quite charming and disarmingly open.’
    • ‘The economic implications of the new posh having big rather than small families are enormous and will be initially felt in the children's services game.’
    • ‘Lytham is dead posh, with lovely seaside cottages and a wide grassy prom facing the Southport straits.’
    • ‘My bullying started on the very first day at school and I was called a snob and posh because I had a different accent to the rest of my classmates.’
    • ‘And we didn't see much of him until recently (too posh for us lot, some say) but now his mother is seriously ill and, to give him his due, he visits her every couple of days.’
    • ‘When I first joined, after I'd been in art school, I was understudying and they thought I was posh because I didn't happen to have a broad Glasgow accent.’
    • ‘Move over trailer trash here come the park home posh.’
    • ‘It is often informally referred to by the British middle class as a BBC accent or a public school accent and by the working class as talking proper or talking posh.’
    • ‘We do them up dead posh - swimming pools, jacuzzis, the lot.’
    • ‘He too gave off an air of upper-classness, but, like his father, he didn't seem at all posh.’
    • ‘But it's a nice wee place, and is dead posh to boot, so it's survived pretty well.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]posh someone/thing up
British
informal
  • Smarten someone or something up:

    ‘we will be getting all poshed up for the company summer ball’
    • ‘The interior seems cheap, despite the attempt to posh it up.’
    renovate, refurbish, refit, restore, redecorate, decorate, revamp, make over, modernize, improve, spruce up, smarten up, brighten up, prettify, enhance
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Origin

Early 20th century: 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).

Pronunciation:

posh

/pɒʃ/