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[psh; spelling pronunciation pish] /pʃ; spelling pronunciation pɪʃ/
(used as an exclamation of mild contempt or impatience.)
an exclamation of “pish!”.
verb (used without object)
to say “pish.”.
verb (used with object)
to say “pish” at or to.
Origin of pish
First recorded in 1585-95; imitative Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for pish
Historical Examples
  • He caught it up, removed the stopper, then put it down with an impatient “pish!”

    The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn
  • The result was that Brace tore up the letter with an impatient “pish!”

    The Sapphire Cross George Manville Fenn
  • pish, I understand not the rhetoric (theoric, I should say), but I help myself somewhat by the practice.

  • Uncle Zachie had been standing at the door leading into his workshop, hesitating whether to remain, with a pish!

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • "pish for the School Board," cried the voice that was wont to be so calm.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • So he goes on slap-dashing about, shuttle-cocking back every new delivery, saying "pish!"

    A Likely Story William De Morgan
  • The trapper Rube, who up to this time had said nothing, now drew the attention of all by abruptly exclaiming, “pish!”

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • The two men indignantly declared that they had spoken the truth; but with an impatient “pish!”

    In the King's Name George Manville Fenn
  • Frank Morrison jumped up in his chair, scowling angrily; but he threw himself back again with a contemptuous “pish!”

    A Double Knot George Manville Fenn
  • The case was exactly opposite with respect to pish: I mean so far as the alteration of two of its letters is concerned.

British Dictionary definitions for pish


/pʃ; pɪʃ/
an exclamation of impatience or contempt
to make this exclamation at (someone or something)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pish

exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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