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 make fun of in a good-natured way
Verb
Opposite of annoy
Verb
Opposite of to tease, ridicule or make jokes about, generally in a pejorative manner
Noun
Opposite of a thing that someone says to cause amusement or laughter, especially a story with a funny punchline
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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