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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pish
Historical Examples
  • I tell you he's alive and well, only he's lost your money and pish's and mine and his own.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • Presently the Duke threw him a hasty phrase, a sort of pish, man!

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • The result was that Brace tore up the letter with an impatient “pish!”

    The Sapphire Cross George Manville Fenn
  • He caught it up, removed the stopper, then put it down with an impatient “pish!”

    The Star-Gazers George Manville Fenn
  • "pish for the School Board," cried the voice that was wont to be so calm.

    Angela's Business Henry Sydnor Harrison
  • The widow read the letter, and tossed it into the grate with a pish!


    Captain Frederick Marryat
  • And Napoleon withdrew his hand from the hand of Loyalty, saying, "pish!"

  • pish and pshaw are the Anglo-Saxon paec, paeca; and are equivalent to trumpery!

  • Adam looks at a few of the articles, but throws them carelessly aside with whatever exclamation may correspond to "pish!"

  • 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
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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