verb[with object] • informal
- Dismiss (an idea or suggestion) as being foolish or impractical: until recently, this idea was pooh-poohed by the scientific communityMore example sentences
dismiss, reject, brush aside, play down, spurn, rebuff, repudiate, disregard, discount, wave aside, make light of, make little of, belittle, treat with contempt, ridicule, deride, mock, hold up to scorn, scoff at, sneer atNorth American • informal slam-dunkAustralian/New Zealand • informal wipe
- The current favourite among the newer generation of stars, Kapoor with a toss of her well shaped head pooh-poohs any suggestions of being the ‘dumb blonde’.
- Like those before him, Horowitz pooh-poohs the idea of a recalcitrant left waking up to the error of its anti-war protesting ways.
- He also pooh-poohs the idea of auspicious days for starting house construction.
late 18th century: reduplication of pooh.