Try Our Apps


Where does "December" come from? Read More.


[shaw] /ʃɔ/
(used to express impatience, contempt, disbelief, etc.)
an exclamation of “pshaw!”.
verb (used without object)
to say “pshaw.”.
verb (used with object)
to say “pshaw” at or to.
Origin of pshaw
1665-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for pshaw
Historical Examples
  • But I swear I'd give a year of Josephine's cold, classic, beautiful regularity for a minute of—pshaw, don't be a fool!

    Woven with the Ship Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • pshaw—I wish you had Mr. Frankton yourself, since you are so full of his sweet image.

  • Women will oft yield to a squeeze when they cry ‘pshaw’ to a sigh.

    The Great Mogul Louis Tracy
  • Mr. Mathieson was not angry, yet he flung away from her with a rude "pshaw!"

    The Carpenter's Daughter Anna Bartlett Warner
  • An' it don't say that a good Chrisshen child can say 'pshaw for you!'

    Donald and Dorothy Mary Mapes Dodge
  • A dangerous campaign lay before him, and the omens—but pshaw!

    The Lion's Brood Duffield Osborne
  • Oh, pshaw, Toady, I tell you there ain't such a thing as a ghost!

    Tabitha's Vacation Ruth Alberta Brown
  • pshaw, I have petitions to show from other-guess toys than she.

  • pshaw, returned the magician, the idea of your fearing any thing at any hour of the day or night!

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • "pshaw, I'd grind something a great deal better than that," cried Kitty.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
British Dictionary definitions for pshaw


(rare) an exclamation of disgust, impatience, disbelief, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for pshaw

exclamation of contempt or rejection, by 1670s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for pshaw

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for pshaw