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Pish (interjection)

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Pish. interj. A contemptuous exclamation. This is sometimes spoken and written pshaw. I know not their etymology, and imagine them formed by chance.

There was never yet philosopher
That could endure the toothach patiently;
However they have writ,
And made a pish at chance or sufferance.
Shakesp.

She frowned and cried pish, when I said a thing that I stole. Spectator, № 268.

Sources: Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing (23) · Spectator (140) · Steele, Richard (15)

Attributes: Interjection (5)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Pish (interjection)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 14, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=18914.


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