Definition of pooh in US English:


(also poo)


  • 1Used to express disgust at an unpleasant smell.

    • ‘Pooh, that stinks!’
    • ‘Pooh! Hold your nose.’
    1. 1.1 Used to express impatience or contempt.
      ‘Oh pooh! Don't be such a spoilsport’
      • ‘Oh Pooh! I almost had it!’
      • ‘She usually would say something along the lines of ‘oh poo!’’


  • 1Excrement.

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


[no object]informal
  • Defecate.

    • ‘You know the ones where you stand up after you finish pooing and it flushes itself automatically.’
    • ‘Not content with cooing and pooing from the rafters, a few of them decided to take up permanent residence in the foyer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They have warned that anyone caught letting their dog poo in the grounds of Holy Trinity Primary School will be prosecuted.’
    • ‘We've been talking recently about the social mores of calling people from your mobile whilst on the loo, pooing.’
    • ‘He's not as into pooing in public places publicly.’
    • ‘Men are not embarrassed about pooing and women are.’
    • ‘That's pretty much all he does - he eats crickets, sleeps and 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.’
    • ‘The cat doesn't just poo, it seeks out those places most impregnated with the owner's scent and poos there.’
    • ‘In fact, there's more than dogs pooing down there.’
    • ‘I've been pooed on a few times, and it's not very pleasant I can tell you.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘He can breathe fire and climb trees and he always poos in the same part of the garden.’


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