[poo] /pu/

verb (used with object)
4 .
an exclamation of disdain, contempt, or disgust
a childish word for faeces
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.

adj,adj phr

pooped (1940s+)

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