- to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly: He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears.
- to express disdain or contempt.
Origin of pooh-pooh
Examples from the Web for pooh-pooh
When his fellow panelists pushed back, he proceeded to pooh-pooh all those “experts” who have said otherwise.George Will, Fox News, and the Beginning of an Ebola Conspiracy
October 22, 2014
The pope may pooh-pooh the decision to remain childless, but the world needs more people who choose pets over kids.Pope Francis Is Wrong About My Child-Free Life
June 6, 2014
That was the sort of apparition that no guilty man would dare to pooh-pooh.Tales Of Hearsay
Here, for instance, I don't like the way you talk to me, the way you pooh-pooh my hospitality.A Family of Noblemen
Your wife will suggest calling in the doctor, but pooh-pooh him.Princess Mary's Gift Book
Lancaster, whenever he noticed her dejection, was inclined to pooh-pooh it.The Plow-Woman
They used to pooh-pooh the idea of the alchemists that gold had medicinal virtue.L-bas
J. K. Huysmans
- (tr) to express disdain or scorn for; dismiss or belittle
Word Origin and History for pooh-pooh
"to dismiss lightly and contemptuously," 1827, a slang reduplication of dismissive expression pooh. Among the many 19th century theories of the origin of language was the Pooh-pooh theory (1860), which held that language grew from natural expressions of surprise, joy, pain, or grief.