One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Used to represent a brief sound such as that made by the passage of a bullet or that of a small, muffled explosion.‘Pfft! Pfft! Pfft! Bullets ricocheted around the room’
- 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, ending, etc.‘then pffft, that was the last we heard of them’
- 1.2 Used to express a contemptuous or dismissive attitude.‘pfft, I don't know what all the fuss is about’
- 1.1 Used to convey the suddenness of a malfunction, disappearance, ending, etc.
informal Fail to work properly or at all.‘this is the kind of data load that would make all but the most expensive software go pfft’
- ‘Sometimes I think people get the wrong impression of me: that I seem however on first impression, but when they date me or once they get to know me, it all goes pfft.’
- ‘I gradually progressed to solid state, but I enjoyed the valve era more, at least with valves you had time to switch it off before the thing went PFFT!’
- ‘So, our Internet connection just went pfft (we had DSL), and I'm not sure how long it'll take to get fixed, but meanwhile we have no Internet at home.’
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