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Definition of "pooh-pooh" [pooh•-pooh]

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "pooh-pooh" in a sentence
  • ""I'm sure some designers would pooh-pooh and say, 'how provincial,' but I loved it.""
  • ""Don't pooh-pooh the fact that I didn't have the power to claw it back," he said."
  • "On the other hand, some market pros pooh-pooh any October fears, noting that the market is on a roll, what with the Dow -- largely reflecting expectations of a zippier economy -- having ballooned more than 700 points since late July."