Definition of pooh-pooh in English:


Syllabification: pooh-pooh
Pronunciation: /ˌpo͞oˈpo͞o


[with object] informal
Dismiss (an idea or suggestion) as being foolish or impractical: until recently, this idea was pooh-poohed by the scientific community
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  • 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.
dismiss, reject, spurn, rebuff, wave aside, disregard, discount;
play down, make light of, belittle, deride, mock, scorn, scoff at, sneer at


late 18th century: reduplication of pooh.

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