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
- 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.