[foo-ee] /ˈfu i/
interjection, Informal.
(an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust):
"Phooey on all those political promises!"
1925–30, Americanism; perhaps < German pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with English phoo! with similar force
Example Sentences for phooey
Skatole bears a heavy responsibility for making poo smell phooey.
Phooey, they are about the only excitement available.
People are often sold a bunch of phooey about the effectiveness of attic fans.
British Dictionary definitions for phooey
phooey (ˈfuːɪ)
informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc
[C20: probably variant of phew]

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Word Origin and History for phooey
expression of contempt, 1929, from Yiddish, from Ger. pfui (attested in Eng. from 1866); popularized by Walter Winchell. Phoo "vocalic gesture expressing contemptuous rejection" is recorded from 1642.
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(also phoo or pfui or fooey or fooy or fuie) An exclamation of disbelief, rejection, contempt, etc

[1929+; fr Yiddish fr German; popularized by the newspaper columnist Walter Winchell]

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