Definition of pooh in English:


(also poo)


  • 1Used to express disgust at an unpleasant smell.

    ‘she would hold her nose and shout ‘Pooh!’’
    • ‘Pooh, that stinks!’
    • ‘Pooh! Hold your nose.’
  • 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!’


  • 1[mass noun] Excrement.

    ‘mind the 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It all looks more real than the real Venice, except for the lack of pigeon pooh.’
    • ‘Earlier in the day among the usual items of cans, bottles (usually glass, often broken) were used nappies and plastic bags of dog poo.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Dog's pooh on Sligo's highways and byways will soon be a foul memory if the two local authorities have their way.’
    • ‘We wrote it as a reply to loads of letters we wrote about dog poo.’
    • ‘We should put up signs about dog poo around the place.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘But the more we wander around this village, the thicker the layer of dog poo on our shoes!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Don't tell dad, I replaced his beef patties with fake dog poo!’
    • ‘Kids think simple gags are funny - fake dog poo, fake vomit, that kind of thing.’
    • ‘I would introduce a scientific contraption for cleaning up dog poo.’
    • ‘‘We are not prepared to live in an area that is blighted by rubbish and dog poo,’ said Coun Ann Scaife.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘I can't help laughing at a pimp who is swearing by the curb, wiping dog poo off his pointed boot into the gutter.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]An act of defecating.
      • ‘Probably by breaking off from a frame to do a quick poo in the corner of the auditorium.’
      • ‘I eventually managed to have a poo in peace and the relief was instant.’
      • ‘And don't you think that actually it looks more like the crouching statue is doing a pooh?’
      • ‘He emerged the overall winner and looked forward to having a poo when he got home.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And don't you hate it too, when you've had a bath or shower, got nice and clean, then need a poo?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Although that excited barking and bouncing around can so easily mean ‘I need a poo’!’
      • ‘You must direct your energy, don't scream, push with your bottom half, like you are doing a poo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Needing a poo in the morning when you're getting ready for work, can really throw out your schedule.’
      • ‘Yesterday, my friend, Nicola, went for a poo quicker than most people could go for a wee.’
      • ‘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!’’
      • ‘He knows that he has something in common with the neighbour, they are both doing a poo.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Call me a prude, but I just didn't like doing a poo in front of naked ladies.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Ha,’ I muttered wickedly, ‘hope he does a pooh too so he'll have to change his nappy as well.’’
      • ‘I've been in a horrible mood all day, today, but I went for a poo earlier.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Defecate.

    • ‘Men are not embarrassed about pooing and women are.’
    • ‘He can breathe fire and climb trees and he always poos in the same part of the garden.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Pippin pooed in the sand (don't worry, I scooped it up) which meant one less poo on my bedroom floor.’
    • ‘I've been pooed on a few times, and it's not very pleasant I can tell you.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘The worst part is, I noticed it while I was on the loo, having pooed.’
    • ‘He's not as into pooing in public places publicly.’
    • ‘We've been talking recently about the social mores of calling people from your mobile whilst on the loo, pooing.’
    • ‘They have warned that anyone caught letting their dog poo in the grounds of Holy Trinity Primary School will be prosecuted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That's pretty much all he does - he eats crickets, sleeps and poos.’
    • ‘The cat doesn't just poo, it seeks out those places most impregnated with the owner's scent and poos there.’


  • 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm going to get in the poo for some comments I made about my previous career.’
      • ‘When it stops raining, we're all in the poo.’
      • ‘If someone says the man's name in the comments, is the team legally in the poo?’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Unless the Government stops gambling on the casino economy, then we will be "in the pooh", big time.’
      • ‘If you are in the poo then don't chirp about it!’
      • ‘Nick called about this one time he got in the poo with his ex for throwing away used tin foil.’
      • ‘You wouldn't believe cable operators are in the poo this side of the Atlantic.’


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