(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
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Related Words for phooeyexclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh
informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc
Word Origin for phooey
C20: probably variant of phew
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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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