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.
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.
The best part was the layer upon layer of fresh, bright green onions, the "pah" part of the pah jun.
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.
At one stage a considerable force of Maoris were beseiged in their fort, or "pah" as it is called by their people.
Further off toward the "pah," the lava had reached a group of twenty huts, which were still smoking.
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.
The captives, still strictly guarded, saw the funeral cortege leave the inner inclosure of the "pah"; then the chants and cries grew fainter.
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.
About a quarter of a mile off, on a craggy spur of the mountain stood a "pah," or Maori fortress.