[ poo-poo ]
/ ˈpuˈpu /

verb (used with object)

to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly: He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears.

verb (used without object)

to express disdain or contempt.

Nearby words

  1. poof,
  2. poofter,
  3. pooh,
  4. pooh bah,
  5. pooh-bah,
  6. pook,
  7. pooka,
  8. pool,
  9. pool hall,
  10. pool malebo

Also poo-poo.

Origin of pooh-pooh

First recorded in 1820–30; v. use of reduplication of pooh1

Related formspooh-pooh·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for pooh-pooh


/ (ˈpuːˈpuː) /


(tr) to express disdain or scorn for; dismiss or belittle
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Word Origin and History for pooh-pooh



"to dismiss lightly and contemptuously," 1827, a slang reduplication of dismissive expression pooh. Among the many 19th century theories of the origin of language was the Pooh-pooh theory (1860), which held that language grew from natural expressions of surprise, joy, pain, or grief.

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