Definition of zhoosh in English:


(also zhush, zhuzh)

Pronunciation /ʒuːʃ//ʒʊʃ/


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

    ‘the bag is a cool but economical way to zhoosh up many an outfit’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘I take a lot of stuff all the time from the store and just kind of "zhuzh" it up.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Henri Lloyd enlisted Sydney super stylist Ken Thompson to zhush up the summer collection shown at the yacht club.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He relies almost always on putting the men in question into a suit, and zhooshing up their hair.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.