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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pshaw
Historical Examples
  • pshaw—I wish you had Mr. Frankton yourself, since you are so full of his sweet image.

  • Armstrong & Company had not served him ill, after all (thought he); but, pshaw!

    Billy Topsail & Company

    Norman Duncan
  • "pshaw, I know all about Mr. Rosenthal's peccadillos, Hallock," he said.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Mr. Mathieson was not angry, yet he flung away from her with a rude "pshaw!"

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
  • pshaw, I only meant, it wasnt fordable to the enemy: no, poor devils!

    The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor Stephen Cullen Carpenter
  • His boyish fancy had perforce faded at seventeen, and he was now—pshaw!

    Olive Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
  • A dangerous campaign lay before him, and the omens—but pshaw!

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • Oh, pshaw, Toady, I tell you there ain't such a thing as a ghost!

    Tabitha's Vacation

    Ruth Alberta Brown
  • pshaw, I have petitions to show from other-guess toys than she.

  • "pshaw, I'd grind something a great deal better than that," cried Kitty.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
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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