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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Indicating disapproval, irritation, impatience or disbelief.
  • v. To express disgust or contempt.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.


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  • 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.


  • 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

  • "pshaw" ed, and said it was better than if they had been too small, and that we should be sure to be late if my mother went on fidgeting.

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys

  • "pshaw" ed about the blunderbuss, and was beginning to say more, when I was dismissed to bed, where I wandered back over the moors in uneasy dreams, and woke with the horror of a tramp's hand upon my shoulder.

    We and the World, Part I A Book for Boys

  • "It wasn't so very long ago that women Said 'pshaw' when they wanted to let off steam.

    Quill's Window


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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