Exaggerated form of please, short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it pleases you, which replaced pray.
puh-lease (not comparable)
- An expression of annoyance or impatience.
- ^ “please” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
- ^ “please” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).