American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- interj. Used to express disdain.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An exclamation of contempt.
- To express contempt by or as by the exclamation “Pish!”
- To say “Pish!” to.
- interj. An expression of disdain.
- n. A sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.
- v. To try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh").
- v. To express contempt.
GNU Webster's 1913
- interj. An exclamation of contempt.
- v. To express contempt.
“Or you could learn how to "pish" -- Pete Dunne will demonstrate "pishing," or imitating a bird call to attract birds.”
“Captain Handsome has asked me a few times to go snow boarding with him and I kind of pish-poshed the idea, because even though I am a decent skier, the board sounds difficult and painful, and why go through all that when I can just stay at home naked and watch CSI?”
“Miss Glover said something which sounded like 'pish' or 'tush'.”
“Her grandmother uttered a sound which could have been 'pish' or 'tush', indicative of her disbelief.”
“He added that Molly had also written to Jack, but to what effect he knew not; only that Jack, after reading it in his presence, had 'pish'd' and pocketed it in a huff.”
“The colonel heard the story with many a "pish," "tush" and "pshaw," and when the man had concluded the tale he exclaimed:”
“My father "pish" ed and "pshaw" ed when he caught me "poking over" books, but my dear mother was inclined to regard me as a genius, whose learning might bring renown of a new kind into the family.”
“She fretted a little because she had not thought of changing our gloves for smaller sizes (they were eight and a quarter); but my father "pish" ed and”
“And when my lady hinted to my lord that he played more than she liked, he dismissed her with a "pish," and swore that nothing was more equal than play betwixt gentlemen, if they did but keep it up long enough.”
“Ritsonian fastidiousness; and will cry 'pish' if a _u_ be put for a”
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