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.

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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Related Words for pooh-pooh

repudiate, belittle, disregard, discount, rebuff, reject

Examples from the Web for pooh-pooh

Contemporary Examples of pooh-pooh

Historical Examples of pooh-pooh

  • That was the sort of apparition that no guilty man would dare to pooh-pooh.

    Tales Of Hearsay

    Joseph Conrad

  • Here, for instance, I don't like the way you talk to me, the way you pooh-pooh my hospitality.

    A Family of Noblemen

    Mikhal Saltykov

  • Your wife will suggest calling in the doctor, but pooh-pooh him.

  • Lancaster, whenever he noticed her dejection, was inclined to pooh-pooh it.

    The Plow-Woman

    Eleanor Gates

  • They used to pooh-pooh the idea of the alchemists that gold had medicinal virtue.


    J. K. Huysmans

British Dictionary definitions for pooh-pooh



(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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