interjection Informal.

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

Origin of phooey

1925–30, Americanism; perhaps < German pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with English phoo! with similar force Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for phooey

exclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh

British Dictionary definitions for phooey



informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc

Word Origin for phooey

C20: probably variant of phew
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Word Origin and History for phooey

expression of contempt, 1929, from Yiddish, from German pfui (attested in English from 1866); popularized by Walter Winchell. Phoo "vocalic gesture expressing contemptuous rejection" is recorded from 1640s.

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