bolshie (also bolshy) Brit. informal ADJECTIVE deliberately combative or uncooperative.
DERIVATIVES bolshiness noun.
ORIGIN from BOLSHEVIK(Cf. ↑Bolshevist).

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  • bolshie — UK [ˈbɒlʃɪ] / US [ˈbɑlʃɪ] or bolshy UK / US adjective Word forms bolshie : adjective bolshie comparative bolshier superlative bolshiest British informal deliberately creating problems and not willing to be helpful a bolshie attitude …   English dictionary

  • bolshie — bolshie, bolshy bolshyn. a {communist} or {Bolshevik}, n.. [slang.] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bolshie — n. pl. bolshies [bōl′shē] n., adj. [often B ] [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] BOLSHEVIK (n. 2 3 & adj. ): a humorous or derogatory use: also bolshy n. bolshies …   English World dictionary

  • bolshie — 1. noun /ˈbɒl.ʃi/ A government leftist, especially a communist, socialist, or labour union leader. 2. adjective /ˈbɒl.ʃi/ Difficult or rebellious. Timothy, dont be so bolshie! See Also: Bolshevik …   Wiktionary

  • bolshie — bol|shie bolshy [ˈbəulʃi US ˈboul ] adj BrE informal [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: Bolshevik] tending to be angry or annoyed and not to obey people ▪ There s no need to be so bolshie. >bolshiness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bolshie — (also bolshy) Brit. informal adjective deliberately combative or uncooperative. noun (Bolshie) dated a Bolshevik or socialist. Derivatives bolshiness noun Origin early 20th cent.: abbrev. of Bolshevik …   English new terms dictionary

  • bolshie — adjective BrE informal tending to be angry or annoyed and not to obey people: Jack was in one of his bolshie moods again! bolshiness noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bolshie — adj. & n. (also Bolshy) sl. adj. (usu. bolshie) 1 uncooperative, rebellious, awkward; bad tempered. 2 left wing, socialist. n. (pl. ies) a Bolshevik. Derivatives: bolshiness n. (in sense 1 of adj.). Etymology: abbr …   Useful english dictionary

  • bolshie or bolshy — bol|shie or bol|shy [ balʃi ] adjective BRITISH INFORMAL deliberately creating problems and not willing to be helpful: a bolshie attitude …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bolshie — or bolshy noun or adjective Usage: often capitalized Etymology: by shortening & alteration Date: 1918 Bolshevik …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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