\ ˈpü-(ˌ)pü How to pronounce pooh-pooh (audio) , pü-ˈpü \
variants: or less commonly poo-poo or pooh \ ˈpü How to pronounce pooh (audio) \
pooh-poohed also poohed; pooh-poohing also poohing; pooh-poohs also poohs

Definition of pooh-pooh

intransitive verb

: to express contempt or impatience

transitive verb

: to express contempt for or make light of : play down, dismiss

Other Words from pooh-pooh

pooh-pooher or less commonly poo-pooer noun, plural pooh-poohers also poo-pooers
Despite what chief Providence pooh-pooher Jack Thomas writes in the Globe, I say the place is worth regular visits, especially after a day at the beach in southern Rhode Island. — Paul Fischer

First Known Use of pooh-pooh

1823, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Pooh-pooh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pooh-pooh. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of pooh-pooh

informal : to think or say that (something) is not very good or not true

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