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[foo-ee] /ˈfu i/
interjection, Informal.
(an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust):
Phooey on all those political promises!
Origin of phooey
1925-30, Americanism; perhaps < German pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with English phoo! with similar force Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for phooey


(informal) an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc
Word Origin
C20: probably variant of phew
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Word Origin and History for phooey

expression of contempt, 1929, from Yiddish, from German pfui (attested in English from 1866); popularized by Walter Winchell. Phoo "vocalic gesture expressing contemptuous rejection" is recorded from 1640s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for phooey



(also phoo or pfui or fooey or fooy or fuie) An exclamation of disbelief, rejection, contempt, etc

[1929+; fr Yiddish fr German; popularized by the newspaper columnist Walter Winchell]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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