Definition of pshaw in English:


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Pronunciation: /pʃɔː
, ʃɔː
dated or • humorous


  • An expression of contempt or impatience: ‘Poison? Pshaw! The very idea!’
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    • And for those of you who don't really want details of this, pshaw!
    • EEEEWWWW pshaw what the bloody hell?


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  • Say ‘pshaw’: when I suggested that free trade might dilute Canadian culture, he pshawed
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    • ‘Oh, I was a stickler for the rules,’ she pshawed, ‘I work in a bar now.’
    • Upon hearing Kurtz's notes over the phone, one imagines the rewrite guy pshawing the angle.
    • He pshawed me, accused me of being in denial of incipient middle-age and merely affecting to like ‘the crew’ whilst pining for Celine Dion or Dido.


natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the late 17th century.

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