What is the opposite of josh?

The verb josh typically refers to the act of joking or engaging in good-natured teasing or banter.

There are no categorical antonyms for this word. However, one could loosely use verbs describing a solemn or serious mode of address as antonyms, e.g., pronounce, proclaim, etc.

Verb
Opposite of to tease, typically in a good-natured way
Verb
Opposite of to subject to contemptuous and dismissive language or behavior
“This week, it is an honor to be able to praise someone who really deserves it.”
Verb
Opposite of to mock or annoy someone
Verb
(usually "joking") Opposite of to tease, typically in a good-natured way
“If you don't do it now, there is going to be consequences! I mean it!”
Noun
Opposite of something said to cause amusement or laughter
“A slight smile interrupted the seriousness of his face, or perhaps, accentuated its solemnity.”
Noun
Opposite of something that causes laughter
“Debra says she needs to have a cry from time to time to make herself feel better, but Raymond doesn't necessarily buy it.”
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