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Informal     (chiefly Brit)  
1    smart, elegant, or fashionable; exclusive  
posh clothes     
2    upper-class or genteel  
3    in a manner associated with the upper class  
to talk posh     
     (C19: often said to be an acronym of the phrase port out, starboard home, the most desirable location for a cabin in British ships sailing to and from the East, being the north-facing or shaded side; but more likely to be a development of obsolete slang posh a dandy)  
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classy     (slang)   elegant, exclusive, fashionable, grand, high-class, high-toned, la-di-da     (informal)   luxurious, luxury, ritzy     (slang)   smart, stylish, swanky     (informal)   swish     (informal, chiefly Brit.)   top-drawer, up-market, upper-class  

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posho, POS, polish, popish

POSH exp.
Port Out Starboard Home
Folk etymology: rich ship passengers paid for cabins on the side most in shadow. Supposedly shortened to P.O.S.H on tickets. No evidence for this origin; the word comes from 19th century slang.

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Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
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