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[ poo-poo ]

verb (used with object)

  1. to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly:

    He pooh-poohed all their superstitious fears.

verb (used without object)

  1. to express disdain or contempt.


/ ˈpuːˈpuː /


  1. tr to express disdain or scorn for; dismiss or belittle
“Collins English Dictionary — Complete & Unabridged” 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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Other Words From

  • pooh-pooher noun
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Word History and Origins

Origin of pooh-pooh1

First recorded in 1820–30; v. use of reduplication of pooh 1
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Example Sentences

When his fellow panelists pushed back, he proceeded to pooh-pooh all those “experts” who have said otherwise.

The pope may pooh-pooh the decision to remain childless, but the world needs more people who choose pets over kids.

In such wise did young Britain and young America pooh-pooh the idea that they had done aught heroic.

In mathematics he propounded problems that made the worthy captain pooh-pooh and change the subject.

I had expected that perhaps he might pooh-pooh the whole thing, but he did nothing of the kind.

We all pooh-pooh, but we'd be bitterly disappointed if all spirit footsteps turned out to be rats rolling nuts.

People will want to come to your little parties, and they will pooh-pooh all ill-natured reports, for their own sake.


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