Origin of pish

First recorded in 1585–95; imitative
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Examples from the Web for pish

Historical Examples of pish

  • I tell you he's alive and well, only he's lost your money and Pish's and mine and his own.

    The Spenders

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • Presently the Duke threw him a hasty phrase, a sort of pish, man!

    Little Novels of Italy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • The result was that Brace tore up the letter with an impatient “pish!”

    The Sapphire Cross

    George Manville Fenn

  • He caught it up, removed the stopper, then put it down with an impatient “Pish!”

    The Star-Gazers

    George Manville Fenn

  • "Pish for the School Board," cried the voice that was wont to be so calm.

    Angela's Business

    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for pish



an exclamation of impatience or contempt


to make this exclamation at (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for pish

exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.

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