Pooh



[poo, poo] /pu, pʊ/

interjection
1.
(used as an exclamation of disdain or contempt.)
noun
2.
an exclamation of “pooh.”.
[poo] /pu/
verb (used with object)
1.
4 .
/puː/
interjection
1.
an exclamation of disdain, contempt, or disgust
noun
2.
a childish word for faeces
verb
3.
a childish word for defecate

1590s, “a ‘vocal gesture’ expressing the action of puffing anything away” [OED], first attested in Hamlet Act I, Scene III, where Polonius addresses Ophelia with, “Affection! pooh! you speak like a green girl, / Unsifted in such perilous circumstance. / Do you believe his tenders, as you call them?” But the “vocal gesture” is perhaps ancient.

interjection

A mild exclamation of disbelief, dismay, disappointment, etc: Oh poo, I dropped it (1602+)

noun

Excrement; do, poo-poo •Along with poop, this is a euphemism used by and to children: Zoo Poo garden fertilizer is made from the waste of all manner of exotic creatures (1950s+)

Related Terms

cutesy-poo, hot poo, icky

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