cosher

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj cosher conforming to dietary laws "kosher meat","a kosher kitchen"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cosher (Old Law) To levy certain exactions or tribute upon; to lodge and eat at the expense of. See Coshering.
    • Cosher To treat with hospitality; to pet.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cosher To feed with dainties or delicacies; coddle; hence, to treat kindly and fondly; fondle; pet.
    • cosher To levy exactions upon; extort entertainment from. See coshering.
    • cosher See kosher.
    • cosher To chat in a familiar, friendly way; gossip.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Cosher kosh′ėr to pamper, to coddle
    • v.i Cosher to chat in a friendly way
    • v.i Cosher to live on dependants
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Ir. cosair, a feast, a banquet? or cf. F. coucher, to lie. Cf. Couch Coshering
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ir. coisir, a feast.

Usage

In literature:

Commissions were scattered profusely among idle cosherers who claimed to be descended from good Irish families.
"The History of England from the Accession of James II." by Thomas Babington Macaulay
I coshered on him for a week.
"The Prose Works of Jonathan Swift, D.D., Vol. VII" by Jonathan Swift
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