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From a reduplication of pooh (an utterance of the word pooh).



pooh-pooh (third-person singular simple present pooh-poohs, present participle pooh-poohing, simple past and past participle pooh-poohed)

  1. (transitive) To dismiss idly with contempt or derision.
    • 1846 October 1 – 1848 April 1, Charles Dickens, chapter 58, in Dombey and Son, London: Bradbury and Evans, 11, Bouverie Street, published 1848, OCLC 926207764, page 578:
      [W]hen he went abroad with Dombey and was chasing that vagabond up and down France, J. Bagstock would have pooh-pooh'd you—would have pooh-pooh'd you, Sir, by the Lord!
    • c. 1861, W[illiam] M[akepeace] Thackeray, “On Ribbons”, in Roundabout Papers, London: Smith, Elder & Co., published 1863, OCLC 2352817:
      In England, until very late days, we have been accustomed rather to pooh-pooh national Orders, to vote ribbons and crosses tinsel gewgaws, foolish foreign ornaments, and so forth.
    • 2001 June 21, Murray Sayle, “After George W. Bush, the deluge”, in London Review of Books[1], volume 23, number 12, archived from the original on 9 September 2016, pages 3–9:
      Pooh-poohing the IPCC's science has been one line of attack by [George W.] Bush's backers.
    • 2004 September 23, David Simpson, “The kid who talked too much and became President”, in London Review of Books[2], volume 26, number 18, archived from the original on 18 March 2016, pages 3–5:
      [Bill] Clinton haters will pooh-pooh all of these acknowledgements as the index of a compulsive sociability that knows no limits and upholds no standards, a psychic necessity we should not make into a moral virtue.

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