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

  • interj. Used to express disdain.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. An exclamation of contempt.
  • intransitive v. To express contempt.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation of contempt.
  • To express contempt by or as by the exclamation “Pish!”
  • To say “Pish!” to.


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  • Or you could learn how to "pish" -- Pete Dunne will demonstrate "pishing," or imitating a bird call to attract birds.

    Island Packet: Home

  • 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?

    whitehelmet Diary Entry

  • Miss Glover said something which sounded like 'pish' or 'tush'.

    A Good Wife

  • Her grandmother uttered a sound which could have been 'pish' or 'tush', indicative of her disbelief.

    A Kind Of Magic

  • 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.

    Hetty Wesley

  • The colonel heard the story with many a "pish," "tush" and "pshaw," and when the man had concluded the tale he exclaimed:

    The Hidden Hand

  • 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.

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys

  • 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

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys

  • 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.

    The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne

  • Ritsonian fastidiousness; and will cry 'pish' if a _u_ be put for a

    Bibliomania; or Book-Madness A Bibliographical Romance


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  • Also see pugh.

    July 5, 2013

  • Yiddish for piss.

    April 6, 2009

  • Is this the same pish that appears in the phrase "pish tush", which I seem to remember from "The Mikado"?

    Pitti Sing.

    March 8, 2009

  • "physio1: flood in Lanark today.

    whatusernameainttaken: some of the play is stinking, pish.

    physio1: and inverness was flood too.

    hoops_mikey_hoops: aww.

    poshasbo: extreme pishing in lanark."

    - viewer comments on St Mirren v Celtic football match,, 7 March 2009.

    March 7, 2009

  • Squeak!

    December 30, 2008

  • Bilby, you have a chickadee on your shoulder.

    December 30, 2008

  • Pish!

    December 29, 2008

  • Just so, skip. Here's more information for anyone who's interested.

    December 29, 2008

  • A sound, described as a cross between a whistle and a whisper, used by birders to attract birds. Right, reesetee?

    December 29, 2008

  • Pish!

    July 17, 2007

  • pet fish

    December 14, 2006