Origin of pish

First recorded in 1585–95; imitative
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Historical Examples of pished

  • It cannot be pished and pshawed away, by you or me or another.

    Margarita's Soul

    Ingraham Lovell

  • He pished at samplers, and delighted to interrupt the working-lesson.

    Mrs. Severn, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Mary Elizabeth Carter

  • But at this Dr. Ross pished impatiently, and it was then that Audrey hazarded her brilliant suggestion about the east wind.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey

  • My father suddenly drew in and pished a little, for he saw that he was caught in the web of his own eloquence.

    The Caxtons, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Beatrix pished and psha'd over the paper; Colonel Esmond watching with no little interest her countenance as she read it.

British Dictionary definitions for pished



an exclamation of impatience or contempt


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


exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.

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