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[poo, poo] /pu, pʊ/
(used as an exclamation of disdain or contempt.)
an exclamation of “pooh.”.
Origin of pooh1
First recorded in 1595-1605


[poo] /pu/
verb (used with object)
poop4 . Unabridged
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  • "pooh, that quarrel was of no consequence," was the lofty reply.

    The Last Cruise of the Spitfire Edward Stratemeyer
  • How many great schemes might anyone nip in the bud by one “pooh.”

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • If he doesn't understand a thing at once he dismisses it with “pooh.”

    Happy-Thought Hall F. C. Burnand
  • You go to your death for a friend, and if by a miracle you escape: ‘pooh! ’

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • It was now quite dark; and Mr Culpepper stared at the coxswain, and then replied, “pooh, nonsense!”

    Percival Keene Frederick Marryat
  • pooh—your health is better: you don't look like the same man.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To the people who told him about the cartridge balling, he expressed no opinion; but to himself he said, pooh!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 3 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • "pooh, man, you're frightening yourself," the Colonel answered.

    The Wild Geese Stanley John Weyman
British Dictionary definitions for pooh


an exclamation of disdain, contempt, or disgust
a childish word for faeces
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.

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



A mild exclamation of disbelief, dismay, disappointment, etc: Oh poo, I dropped it (1602+)


Excrement; do, poo-poo •Along with poop, this is a euphemism used by and to children: Zoo Poo garden fertilizer is made from the waste of all manner of exotic creatures (1950s+)

Related Terms

cutesy-poo, hot poo, icky

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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