[psh; spelling pronunciation pish]
- (used as an exclamation of mild contempt or impatience.)
- an exclamation of “pish!”
- to say “pish.”
- to say “pish” at or to.
Origin of pish
First recorded in 1585–95; imitative
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Examples from the Web for pished
It cannot be pished and pshawed away, by you or me or another.Margarita's Soul
He pished at samplers, and delighted to interrupt the working-lesson.Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)
Mary Elizabeth Carter
But at this Dr. Ross pished impatiently, and it was then that Audrey hazarded her brilliant suggestion about the east wind.Lover or Friend</p>
Rosa Nouchette Carey
My father suddenly drew in and pished a little, for he saw that he was caught in the web of his own eloquence.The Caxtons, Complete
Beatrix pished and psha'd over the paper; Colonel Esmond watching with no little interest her countenance as she read it.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.
W. M. Thackeray
- an exclamation of impatience or contempt
- to make this exclamation at (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for pished
exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.
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