also pooh verb Etymology: pooh Date: 1827 intransitive verb to express contempt or impatience transitive verb to express contempt for or make light of ; play down, dismiss

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Pooh-pooh — v. t. To make light of; to treat with derision or contempt, as if by saying pooh! pooh! [Colloq.] Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pooh-pooh — [[t]ˈpuˈpu[/t]] v. t. 1) to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly 2) to express disdain or contempt • Etymology: 1820–30; v. use of redupl. of pooh pooh′ pooh′er, n …   From formal English to slang

  • pooh-pooh — pooh pooher, n. /pooh pooh /, v.t. 1. to express disdain or contempt for; dismiss lightly: He pooh poohed all their superstitious fears. v.i. 2. to express disdain or contempt. Also, poo poo. [1820 30; v. use of redupl. of POOH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • pooh-pooh — v [T] [Date: 1700 1800; Origin: pooh] informal to say that you think that an idea, suggestion, effort etc is silly or not very good ▪ He pooh poohed herbal remedies at first …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pooh-pooh — [ ,pu pu ] verb transitive INFORMAL to say that you think something such as an idea or statement should not be considered seriously or is not true: He was worried that his mother would pooh pooh the idea …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pooh-pooh — [v] dismiss belittle, brush aside, discount, disregard, make light of, play down, rebuff, reject, repudiate, scoff at, sneer at, treat with contempt, wave aside; concepts 35,54 …   New thesaurus

  • pooh-pooh — ► VERB informal ▪ dismiss as being foolish or impractical …   English terms dictionary

  • pooh-pooh — [po͞o′po͞o′] vt. [redupl. of POOH1] to minimize or treat disdainfully; make light of; belittle …   English World dictionary

  • pooh-pooh — UK / US verb [transitive] Word forms pooh pooh : present tense I/you/we/they pooh pooh he/she/it pooh poohs present participle pooh poohing past tense pooh poohed past participle pooh poohed informal to say that you think something such as an… …   English dictionary

  • pooh-pooh — /pu ˈpu/ (say pooh pooh) verb (t) to express disdain or contempt for; make light of; dismiss as unworthy of consideration: *Mahony cut short the argument that followed by saying curtly: We ll take the youngster with us, and pooh poohed Mary s… …   Australian English dictionary

  • pooh-pooh — [[t]pu͟ː pu͟ː[/t]] pooh poohs, pooh poohing, pooh poohed VERB If someone pooh poohs an idea or suggestion, they say or imply that it is foolish, impractical, or unnecessary. [V n] In the past he has pooh poohed suggestions that he might succeed… …   English dictionary

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