ptui

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Etymology[edit]

Imitative.

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ptui

  1. The sound of spitting.
    • 1959, Lewis Meyer, Preposterous papa
      Needless spitting and ptui-ptui-ptui-ing bothered me.
    • 1974, Irving Howe, Eliezer Greenberg, Yiddish stories, old and new
      I wake up and spit three times against the evil eye. Ptui, ptui, ptui. A dream. And fall asleep.
    • 1991, Anne Siew Kim Lim, Face to face: the street children of Bukit Ho Swee
      She would go 'Ptui! Ptui! Ptui!' and seem to reinforce her curses (in a language as colourful as that of the boys') by stamping on her own spittle.

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