Definition of pooh in English:


(also poo)


  • 1Used to express disgust at an unpleasant smell.

    ‘she would hold her nose and shout ‘Pooh!’’
    • ‘Pooh! Hold your nose.’
    • ‘Pooh, that stinks!’
  • 2Used to express impatience or contempt.

    ‘Oh pooh! Don't be such a spoilsport’
    • ‘She usually would say something along the lines of ‘oh poo!’’
    • ‘Oh Pooh! I almost had it!’


mass nouninformal
  • 1Excrement.

    ‘mind the dog poo’
    • ‘‘We are not prepared to live in an area that is blighted by rubbish and dog poo,’ said Coun Ann Scaife.’
    • ‘My throat was so sore from gasping for breath that my laughs at animals humping people, people injuring themselves and children stepping in dog poo came out like coughs.’
    • ‘I would introduce a scientific contraption for cleaning up dog poo.’
    • ‘Don't tell dad, I replaced his beef patties with fake dog poo!’
    • ‘I can't help laughing at a pimp who is swearing by the curb, wiping dog poo off his pointed boot into the gutter.’
    • ‘It all looks more real than the real Venice, except for the lack of pigeon pooh.’
    • ‘I am three and a half and I get fed up when I go for walks with my Mummy because the pavements are always so messy because of dog poo.’
    • ‘We wrote it as a reply to loads of letters we wrote about dog poo.’
    • ‘Fans of the Beano and Dandy are playing a host of tricks on unsuspecting customers, the Diary learns: fake dog poo, bangers in cigarettes, whoopee cushions, vile sweets and itching powder included.’
    • ‘Dog's pooh on Sligo's highways and byways will soon be a foul memory if the two local authorities have their way.’
    • ‘In the case of a supposedly empty house for sale in Kilkenny, how do you know it's empty when you see a cat in the window, fresh dog poo near the curb, and no pamphlets in the letter box?’
    • ‘Matt is not the bespectacled nerd who taps out columns about dog poo in parks at his typewriter in the evenings.’
    • ‘Except I saw a woman picking up some dog poo with her hand in a plastic bag today, and I thought that it'd still be warm and all, and I nearly gipped!’
    • ‘If supermarkets are forced to stop using plastic bags we would have to buy bags for our bins and dog poo, and that would not make any difference to the environment.’
    • ‘We should put up signs about dog poo around the place.’
    • ‘But the more we wander around this village, the thicker the layer of dog poo on our shoes!’
    • ‘Earlier in the day among the usual items of cans, bottles (usually glass, often broken) were used nappies and plastic bags of dog poo.’
    • ‘In just about every house I've lived in, I've had to deal with dog poo through the letterbox, or someone weeing up against the door, or flour on the doormat, at least once.’
    • ‘Kids think simple gags are funny - fake dog poo, fake vomit, that kind of thing.’
    1. 1.1count noun An act of defecating.
      • ‘Finished the hateful task I was doing at work, and had a big poo, and now it doesn't feel Wednesdayish at all any more.’
      • ‘A dead man who croaked while he was doing a big poo has made more money in a year than you will ever see in your life.’
      • ‘I've been in a horrible mood all day, today, but I went for a poo earlier.’
      • ‘You must direct your energy, don't scream, push with your bottom half, like you are doing a poo.’
      • ‘‘Ha,’ I muttered wickedly, ‘hope he does a pooh too so he'll have to change his nappy as well.’’
      • ‘And don't you hate it too, when you've had a bath or shower, got nice and clean, then need a poo?’
      • ‘And don't you think that actually it looks more like the crouching statue is doing a pooh?’
      • ‘Call me a prude, but I just didn't like doing a poo in front of naked ladies.’
      • ‘Probably by breaking off from a frame to do a quick poo in the corner of the auditorium.’
      • ‘There is probably a biological reason why, no matter how desperate one is to do a poo, one always has to have a wee wee first.’
      • ‘Apart from your own home, there are very few places where you'd feel able to have a poo - I only have two ‘safe houses’ for this activity and this is quite a problem with my toilet obsession.’
      • ‘The ONLY time he gets a piece of chocolate is when he does a poo in the potty.’
      • ‘You can see it on their faces as they're washing their hands, the side-ways accusing looks that say, ‘You've had a poo, you filthy woman!’’
      • ‘Yesterday, my friend, Nicola, went for a poo quicker than most people could go for a wee.’
      • ‘Lou Lou did a poo on Amee's bed and Amee yelled at Rene like she yells at Joe, like she yelled at me once recently, it is really rather upsetting when Amee gets mad.’
      • ‘He knows that he has something in common with the neighbour, they are both doing a poo.’
      • ‘He emerged the overall winner and looked forward to having a poo when he got home.’
      • ‘Although that excited barking and bouncing around can so easily mean ‘I need a poo’!’
      • ‘I eventually managed to have a poo in peace and the relief was instant.’
      • ‘Needing a poo in the morning when you're getting ready for work, can really throw out your schedule.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Defecate.

    • ‘The worst part is, I noticed it while I was on the loo, having pooed.’
    • ‘Men are not embarrassed about pooing and women are.’
    • ‘Not content with cooing and pooing from the rafters, a few of them decided to take up permanent residence in the foyer.’
    • ‘In fact, there's more than dogs pooing down there.’
    • ‘And the holiday isn't any old holiday like going on camping and having to poo in a bucket, it's a six star pamper from dawn till dusk where the hardest thing they have to do all day is remember to put some suncream on?’
    • ‘That's pretty much all he does - he eats crickets, sleeps and poos.’
    • ‘We've been talking recently about the social mores of calling people from your mobile whilst on the loo, pooing.’
    • ‘By way of a response to the person who visited this website searching for a solution to the question ‘How many times does a duck poo per day?’’
    • ‘When he does do something like greedily grab onto a bottle of milk with his mouth, it's an event worth getting all worked up about because it shows a glimmer of him being a wee person instead of a wriggling blob that poos.’
    • ‘Well, do you think they pooed in front of each other before they ate the apple?’
    • ‘You know the ones where you stand up after you finish pooing and it flushes itself automatically.’
    • ‘If your in the same cubicle as your mate when they're pooing, it's the done thing to turn your back when they're wiping their bum.’
    • ‘He can breathe fire and climb trees and he always poos in the same part of the garden.’
    • ‘I've been pooed on a few times, and it's not very pleasant I can tell you.’
    • ‘The cat doesn't just poo, it seeks out those places most impregnated with the owner's scent and poos there.’
    • ‘He is looking for me and when he finds me he is going to feed me rice and gone off fish till I die as he knows I have not pooed in a week because he read my dead end blog.’
    • ‘They have warned that anyone caught letting their dog poo in the grounds of Holy Trinity Primary School will be prosecuted.’
    • ‘He's not as into pooing in public places publicly.’
    • ‘Pippin pooed in the sand (don't worry, I scooped it up) which meant one less poo on my bedroom floor.’
    • ‘She had poohed in the living-room the first night, she had destroyed a couple of plastic bowls, and she had made their kitten fly high in the air (don't ask me how she did that).’


  • in the poo

    • informal In deep trouble.

      ‘they are in the poo financially’
      • ‘In the afterlife he is going to be really in the poo.’
      • ‘When it stops raining, we're all in the poo.’
      • ‘Unless the Government stops gambling on the casino economy, then we will be "in the pooh", big time.’
      • ‘You wouldn't believe cable operators are in the poo this side of the Atlantic.’
      • ‘If you are in the poo then don't chirp about it!’
      • ‘If someone says the man's name in the comments, is the team legally in the poo?’
      • ‘I'm going to get in the poo for some comments I made about my previous career.’
      • ‘Nick called about this one time he got in the poo with his ex for throwing away used tin foil.’
      • ‘Not everyone who drops you in the poo is necessarily your enemy and not everyone who gets you out of the poo is necessarily your friend.’
      • ‘There are water sensors built into the floor, so if you do take a bottle of water inside and it spills, you are in the poo.’


Natural exclamation: first recorded in English in the late 16th century.