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

  • transitive v. Informal To express contempt for or impatience about; make light of: "British actors have long pooh-poohed the Method” ( Stephen Schiff).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To dismiss idly, with derision or contempt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To make light of; to treat with derision or contempt

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An exclamation indicating contempt.
  • To turn aside from with a “Pooh”; express dislike, scorn, or contempt for; sneer at.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reject with contempt
  • v. express contempt about


Reduplication of pooh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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  • He had unfortunately made light of it and pooh-poohed the ailment...

    - Samuel Butler, Erewhon

    July 19, 2008