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pooh1

[poo, poo]
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interjection
  1. (used as an exclamation of disdain or contempt.)
noun
  1. an exclamation of “pooh.”

Origin of pooh1

First recorded in 1595–1605

pooh2

[poo]
verb (used with object)
  1. poop4.
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Examples from the Web for pooh

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Historical Examples

  • Pooh—your health is better: you don't look like the same man.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Pooh—you were equally despondent in our excursions elsewhere.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • "Pooh, man, you're frightening yourself," the Colonel answered.

    The Wild Geese

    Stanley John Weyman

  • "Pooh, I shan't mind how criss-cross he is," declared Patricia valiantly.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "Pooh, that's as easy as rolling off a log," she said, with a toss of her turban.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther


British Dictionary definitions for pooh

pooh

interjection
  1. an exclamation of disdain, contempt, or disgust
noun
  1. a childish word for faeces
verb
  1. a childish word for defecate
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Word Origin and History for pooh

1590s, "a 'vocal gesture' expressing the action of puffing anything away" [OED], first attested in Hamlet Act I, Scene III, where Polonius addresses Ophelia with, "Affection! pooh! you speak like a green girl, / Unsifted in such perilous circumstance. / Do you believe his tenders, as you call them?" But the "vocal gesture" is perhaps ancient.

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