Definition of phooey in English:


(US pfui)


  • Used to express disdain or disbelief.

    ‘I say phooey to all their money and fine clothes’
    • ‘Home sweet home, phooey: Indiana looks like a lock for the top seed in the East.’
    • ‘Don't ask me why I called him/her/it ‘Nemesis,’ I just think it's a cool-sounding name, so if you don't like it, phooey.’
    • ‘And, phooey to the woman on the bus who quipped, I had a dress just like that in tenth grade!’
    • ‘There has been much hand-wringing over the proliferation of home runs in the last few years, but here at TSN, we say phooey!’
    • ‘Say phooey to all your gloating girlfriends who spend V-day with any old bloke just because they are too insecure to make it on their own.’
    • ‘So forgive me if I say phooey to the fashionable PR twaddle which claims that casinos can regenerate our urban landscape.’
    • ‘Well phooey - that's still an outrageous price.’
    • ‘Some object to this new suit of clothes for the Rotunda, but I say phooey.’
    • ‘Right now there are probably a few people saying ‘but people will steal our programmes - there must be copy protection’, to which I say phooey!’
    • ‘One final note: to those of you who piece together that Dar and Tal are brothers, and that would make Dar and Kiri cousins, I say phooey.’
    • ‘Say phooey to the introduction of the euro to Europe from January 1 at your peril - particularly if you have a tourism-related business in York or North Yorkshire.’
    • ‘But BA's passengers said phooey to both sides, since they are the ones who wound up having to spend a weekend in Terminal 1.’
    • ‘Now you might say phooey - punctuality is one thing, who cares about the other factors.’
    • ‘I say phooey since tools don't make the Witch; a crafty Witch makes her own tools.’
    • ‘An amusing quote: ‘… many Koreans are answering [with] a defiant phooey.’’


  • Nonsense.

    ‘those excuses are a lot of phooey’
    • ‘Added Browne: ‘They are just talking a lot of phooey.’’
    • ‘It's all phooey, of course, another case of grown-ups lying to kids for sentimental reasons.’
    • ‘That's phooey to most ordinary investors, who want to see their wealth expand in absolute terms and not simply get poorer slower than their neighbors.’
    prattle, chatter, twitter, babble, talk, prating, gabble, jabber, blether, rambling
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1920s: imitative.