phooey

[ foo-ee ]
/ ˈfu i /

interjection Informal.

(an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust): Phooey on all those political promises!

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Also pfu·i .

Origin of phooey

An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; perhaps from German pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with English phoo! with similar force
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British Dictionary definitions for phooey

phooey
/ (ˈfuːɪ) /

interjection

informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc

Word Origin for phooey

C20: probably variant of phew
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