Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • interjection Used to indicate impatience, irritation, disapproval, or disbelief.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An exclamation implying contempt, disdain, impatience, or a sense of absurdity.
  • To utter the interjection pshaw; evince contempt or impatience by such interjections as pshaw.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • interjection Pish! pooch! -- an exclamation used as an expression of contempt, disdain, dislike, etc.
  • intransitive verb To express disgust or contemptuous disapprobation, as by the exclamation “ Pshaw!”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • interjection Indicating disapproval, irritation, impatience or disbelief.
  • verb intransitive To express disgust or contempt.

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Examples

  • And to those who say that the Internet is killing newspapers, Peter says "pshaw" - a recent study has shown that not to be the case.

    TechCrunch

  • And to those who say that the Internet is killing newspapers, Peter says "pshaw" - a recent study has shown that not to be the case.

    TechCrunch

  • Although this little word pshaw must be allowed, according to all the rules of verbal criticism, to imply disbelief or indifference, yet, in the present case, it actually meant no such thing.

    Ashton Priory

  • My husband actually uses the word "pshaw" on occasion.

    Alas, poor Snarklings

  • He looked as if he intended to say "pshaw" or "fiddlesticks" or something of that order, then changed his mind and looked up sharply.

    When Eight Bells Toll

  • "You kin 'pshaw' till the cows come home," cried the other heatedly.

    Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp or, the Old Lumberman's Secret

  • We may "pshaw" and "pooh" at Harry Gill and the Idiot Boy; but the deep and tremulous tenderness of sentiment, the strong-winged flight of fancy, the excelling and unvarying purity, which pervade all the writings of Wordsworth, and the exquisite melody of his lyrical poems, must ever continue to attract and purify the mind.

    International Weekly Miscellany - Volume 1, No. 9, August 26, 1850

  • [quote] [quote = "pshaw"] This is very scary because of two questions that the 911 operator asks to determine the "degree of force and maximum force allowed by the responding officers":

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • [quote] [quote = "pshaw"] This is very scary because of two questions that the 911 operator asks to determine the "degree of force and maximum force allowed by the responding officers":

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • [quote] [quote = "pshaw"] This is very scary because of two questions that the 911 operator asks to determine the "degree of force and maximum force allowed by the responding officers":

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

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  • Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary:

    Main Entry: pshaw

    Pronunciation: \ˈshȯ\

    Function: interjection

    Date: 1656

    —used to express irritation, disapproval, contempt, or disbelief

    April 30, 2008