Origin of pooh1
verb (used with object)
Related Words for poohexclamation, wow, amen, hello, alas, boo, hurrah, ahem, oh, whoopee, hooray, shucks, er, ouch, rah, ah, egad, golly, hey, huh
Examples from the Web for pooh
Contemporary Examples of pooh
Or perhaps name it after Pooh himself, with his quizzical faith in human (animal) nature?Michael Tomasky on How Obama Needs to Make Mitt Unacceptable Again
October 10, 2012
Willie leaned over and whispered that Winnie the Pooh had the hots for me.Ralph Nader, Novelist
Samuel P. Jacobs
September 12, 2009
Historical Examples of pooh
Pooh—your health is better: you don't look like the same man.
Pooh—you were equally despondent in our excursions elsewhere.
"Pooh, man, you're frightening yourself," the Colonel answered.The Wild Geese
Stanley John Weyman
"Pooh, I shan't mind how criss-cross he is," declared Patricia valiantly.
"Pooh, that's as easy as rolling off a log," she said, with a toss of her turban.
1590s, "a 'vocal gesture' expressing the action of puffing anything away" [OED], first attested in Hamlet Act I, Scene III, where Polonius addresses Ophelia with, "Affection! pooh! you speak like a green girl, / Unsifted in such perilous circumstance. / Do you believe his tenders, as you call them?" But the "vocal gesture" is perhaps ancient.