from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express disgust or irritation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Dated form of pa (Maori fort)
  • interj. Used to express distaste, disgust or outrage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A kind of stockaded intrenchment.
  • interj. An exclamation expressing disgust or contempt. See bah.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation expressing contempt or disgust; bah!
  • n. In New Zealand, a fortified native or Maori camp.


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  • This they call pah-ha-zee-zee, and one who is so adorned is sure to please them.

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  • We're guessing with a sequence of embittered snorts, although perhaps he'll go up to a full-blown "pah" if the situation becomes serious enough.

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  • The best part was the layer upon layer of fresh, bright green onions, the "pah" part of the pah jun.

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  • Anyway, then after that I got the faintest little stirrings of, "Oooh, I'm so excited, we're going to have a baby!!" and stopped feeling so "pah" about it like I had been.

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  • At one stage a considerable force of Maoris were beseiged in their fort, or "pah" as it is called by their people.

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  • Further off toward the "pah," the lava had reached a group of twenty huts, which were still smoking.

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  • At this moment a hundred Maories were assembled in the "pah," old men, full grown men, youths; the former were calm, but gloomy, awaiting the orders of Kai-Koumou; the others gave themselves up to the most violent sorrow, bewailing their parents and friends who had fallen in the late engagements.

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  • The captives, still strictly guarded, saw the funeral cortege leave the inner inclosure of the "pah"; then the chants and cries grew fainter.

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  • This house, with its back to the rock which closed the fortress, was only accessible by a long, narrow promontory which joined it in front to the plateau on which the "pah" was erected.

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  • About a quarter of a mile off, on a craggy spur of the mountain stood a "pah," or Maori fortress.

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