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[shaw] /ʃɔ/
(used to express impatience, contempt, disbelief, etc.)
an exclamation of “pshaw!”.
verb (used without object)
to say “pshaw.”.
verb (used with object)
to say “pshaw” at or to.
Origin of pshaw
First recorded in 1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But I swear I'd give a year of Josephine's cold, classic, beautiful regularity for a minute of—pshaw, don't be a fool!

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • pshaw, I have petitions to show from other-guess toys than she.

  • Women will oft yield to a squeeze when they cry ‘pshaw’ to a sigh.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • "pshaw, I'd grind something a great deal better than that," cried Kitty.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • An' it don't say that a good Chrisshen child can say 'pshaw for you!'

    Donald and Dorothy Mary Mapes Dodge
  • "You kin 'pshaw' till the cows come home," cried the other heatedly.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp Annie Roe Carr
  • Oh, pshaw, Toady, I tell you there ain't such a thing as a ghost!

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • pshaw—I wish you had Mr. Frankton yourself, since you are so full of his sweet image.

  • pshaw, returned the magician, the idea of your fearing any thing at any hour of the day or night!

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • Mr. Mathieson was not angry, yet he flung away from her with a rude "pshaw!"

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
British Dictionary definitions for pshaw


(rare) an exclamation of disgust, impatience, disbelief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pshaw

exclamation of contempt or rejection, by 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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