Definition of zhoosh in US English:


(also zhush, zhuzh)


[with object]informal
  • Make more exciting, lively, or attractive.

    ‘the bag is a cool but economical way to zhoosh up many an outfit’
    • ‘That's why pancetta, if you can get it, is a better choice; otherwise remember that unsmoked bacon is generally less salty than smoked. For pudding: ice-cream slightly zhuzhed-up.’
    • ‘He swept into the group's headquarters, a team of hair stylists in tow, his objective to ‘zhoosh up’ the women's looks, he said.’
    • ‘He relies almost always on putting the men in question into a suit, and zhooshing up their hair.’
    • ‘I`m going to zhush it up with a secret ingredient’
    • ‘I'd like to zhuzh up my scrambled eggs - any recommendations on things to add to make them a bit more tasty?’
    • ‘In 1815 the Prince had employed John Nash, architect of Regent's Park, to zhoosh up his rather plain and classical farmhouse by the sea.’
    • ‘Henri Lloyd enlisted Sydney super stylist Ken Thompson to zhush up the summer collection shown at the yacht club.’
    • ‘I take a lot of stuff all the time from the store and just kind of "zhuzh" it up.’
    enliven, liven up, brighten up, make more interesting, make more exciting, put some spirit into, make more attractive, add colour to, add some colour to, wake up, give a boost to, give a lift to, lift, ginger up
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1970s: perhaps from Polari.