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  1. (used to express impatience, contempt, disbelief, etc.)
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  1. an exclamation of “pshaw!”
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verb (used without object)
  1. to say “pshaw.”
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verb (used with object)
  1. to say “pshaw” at or to.
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Origin of pshaw

First recorded in 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for pshaw

Historical Examples

  • Pshaw—I wish you had Mr. Frankton yourself, since you are so full of his sweet image.

    The Politician Out-Witted

    Samuel Low

  • Armstrong & Company had not served him ill, after all (thought he); but, pshaw!

  • "Pshaw, I know all about Mr. Rosenthal's peccadillos, Hallock," he said.

    The Forbidden Trail

    Honor Willsie

  • Mr. Mathieson was not angry, yet he flung away from her with a rude "Pshaw!"

    The Carpenter's Daughter

    Anna Bartlett Warner

  • Pshaw, I only meant, it wasnt fordable to the enemy: no, poor devils!

British Dictionary definitions for pshaw


  1. rare an exclamation of disgust, impatience, disbelief, etc
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Word Origin and History for pshaw


exclamation of contempt or rejection, by 1670s.

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