Definition of pshaw in English:

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pshaw

Pronunciation: /pʃɔː/
Pronunciation: /ʃɔː/
dated or humorous

exclamation

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

verb

[no object]
Say ‘pshaw’: when I suggested that free trade might dilute Canadian culture, he pshawed
More example sentences
  • ‘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.

Origin

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

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