Definition of pooh-pooh in English:

pooh-pooh

Pronunciation /puːˈpuː//ˈpuːpuː/

verb

[with object]informal
  • Dismiss (an idea or suggestion) as being foolish or impractical.

    ‘until recently, this idea was pooh-poohed by the scientific community’
    • ‘Schmidt begins by stressing the importance of collaborative decision making and pooh-poohing the idea of the visionary CEO as leader.’
    • ‘Unmoved we stared at a load of cold, geometrical abstractions, pooh-poohed the idea of living in such a gallery and, on the brink of calling it a day, stoically suffered on.’
    • ‘The current favourite among the newer generation of stars, Kapoor with a toss of her well shaped head pooh-poohs any suggestions of being the ‘dumb blonde’.’
    • ‘My editors over the years had always pooh-poohed my suggestion for a media section or page as boring for readers, who'd see it as navel gazing.’
    • ‘Linguists pooh-pooh the idea that the original meaning of a term can somehow persist in the collective unconscious after it has been lost to individual recall.’
    • ‘He pooh-poohed the idea of running to the store to get pre-party and post-party supplies.’
    • ‘My lust for life and overindulgence meant that I pooh-poohed the idea of taking seven days to detox - as a Londoner, I could do it in a single day.’
    • ‘I spoke to Ben at the time, who pooh-poohed the idea.’
    • ‘He also pooh-poohed suggestions that low-fare carriers are making traditional carriers obsolete.’
    • ‘Granma went home and told her husband what the clairvoyant had said, but he pooh-poohed the idea, and so no action was taken.’
    • ‘Microsoft and Telecom have pooh-poohed suggestions that consumers will be burned by broadband charges when using Microsoft's recently launched Xbox Live online gaming service…’
    • ‘Some people pooh-pooh the idea, grumbling that Hollywood has run out of original ideas.’
    • ‘‘I'm reluctant to pooh-pooh the idea of true love, because it's such a treasured view in our culture,’ says Hazan.’
    • ‘Historian Charles MacDonald has pooh-poohed the idea of a cover-up.’
    • ‘Now coaching youngsters at grassroots level, she pooh-poohs the notion that one person's idea of realism should be allowed to suffocate another's dreams.’
    • ‘His doctor pooh-poohs the idea this may be due to any of the drugs he's taking.’
    • ‘He also pooh-poohs the idea of auspicious days for starting house construction.’
    • ‘Inside it's all creaky floorboards and wooden panelling, yet he pooh-poohs the idea of a ghost.’
    • ‘Like those before him, Horowitz pooh-poohs the idea of a recalcitrant left waking up to the error of its anti-war protesting ways.’
    • ‘When the late Nobel Laureate Luis Alvarez more than two decades ago proposed his theory that a comet or asteroid had done in the dinosaurs, paleontologists and many other scientists pooh-poohed the idea.’
    dismiss, reject, brush aside, play down, spurn, rebuff, repudiate, disregard, discount, wave aside, make light of, make little of, belittle, treat with contempt, ridicule, deride, mock, hold up to scorn, scoff at, sneer at
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Origin

Late 18th century: reduplication of pooh.

Pronunciation

pooh-pooh

/puːˈpuː//ˈpuːpuː/