- (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
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- informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc
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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