Definition of pooh-pooh in English:

pooh-pooh

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Pronunciation: /ˈpuːpuː
 
, puːˈpuː
 
/

verb

[with object] informal
  • Dismiss (an idea or suggestion) as being foolish or impractical: until recently, this idea was pooh-poohed by the scientific community
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    Synonyms
    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 at
    North American informal slam-dunk
    Australian/New Zealand informal wipe

Origin

late 18th century: reduplication of pooh.

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