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[poo-poo] /ˈpuˈpu/
verb (used with object)
to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly:
He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears.
verb (used without object)
to express disdain or contempt.
Also, poo-poo.
Origin of pooh-pooh
First recorded in 1820-30; v. use of reduplication of pooh1
Related forms
pooh-pooher, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That was the sort of apparition that no guilty man would dare to pooh-pooh.

    Tales Of Hearsay Joseph Conrad
  • Here, for instance, I don't like the way you talk to me, the way you pooh-pooh my hospitality.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
  • Your wife will suggest calling in the doctor, but pooh-pooh him.

  • Lancaster, whenever he noticed her dejection, was inclined to pooh-pooh it.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • They used to pooh-pooh the idea of the alchemists that gold had medicinal virtue.

    L-bas J. K. Huysmans
  • Assuming at first to "pooh-pooh" spiritualism as moonshine, his interest nevertheless increased.

    Edgar Saltus: The Man

    Marie Saltus
  • Certain of the white residents called him pooh-pooh too, which hurt more deeply.

    From Place to Place

    Irvin S. Cobb
  • After a hearty meal, the girl felt inclined to pooh-pooh her fancies of half an hour before.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
British Dictionary definitions for pooh-pooh


(transitive) to express disdain or scorn for; dismiss or belittle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pooh-pooh



To dismiss lightly and contemptuously; airily deprecate; deride: I don't poopoo his talent, just his character (1827+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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