- (used as an exclamation of impatience, disdain, contempt, etc.)
- an exclamation of “tush!”
Origin of tush1
late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50
- one of the four canine teeth of the horse.
- Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S. a tusk.
Origin of tush2
before 900; Middle English; Old English tusc. See tusk
Origin of tush3
see origin at tushie
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Examples from the Web for tush
After a while, he said aloud, no one understanding rightly what he meant, 'Tush!Curious, if True
"Tush, boy; promise must yield to need," said the Knight of the Crested Boar.Historic Boys
Elbridge Streeter Brooks
He has many fine quips at this folly of plain dealing, but his "tush!"Microcosmography
Dick said, “Thank you,” for the promised “tush,” and walked away.Dick o' the Fens
George Manville Fenn
Tush, Colonna, see you not that if we had balked this great warrior, we had perished?Rienzi
Edward Bulwer Lytton
- archaic an exclamation of disapproval or contempt
C15: Middle English, of imitative origin
- rare a small tusk
Old English tūsc; see tusk
- US slang the buttocks
C20: from Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew tahath beneath
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Word Origin and History for tush
"backside, buttocks," 1962, an abbreviation of tochus (1914), from Yiddish tokhes, from Hebrew tahat "beneath."
mid-15c.; see tut.
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