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pish

[psh; spelling pronunciation pish]
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interjection
  1. (used as an exclamation of mild contempt or impatience.)
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noun
  1. an exclamation of “pish!”
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verb (used without object)
  1. to say “pish.”
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verb (used with object)
  1. to say “pish” at or to.
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Origin of pish

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

Historical Examples

  • 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

pish

interjection
  1. an exclamation of impatience or contempt
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verb
  1. to make this exclamation at (someone or something)
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Word Origin and History for pished

pish

exclamation of contempt, attested from 1590s.

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