exclamation denoting contempt, disbelief, rejection, etc. (variant of 'phew')

Dictionary of Australian slang . 2013.

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  • phooey — expression of contempt, 1929, from Yiddish, from Ger. pfui (attested in English from 1866); popularized by Walter Winchell. Phoo vocalic gesture expressing contemptuous rejection is recorded from 1640s …   Etymology dictionary

  • phooey — [fo͞o′ē] interj. [echoic of spitting sound, like (or ? <) Ger pfui] used to express contempt, disgust, or mocking disagreement …   English World dictionary

  • phooey — AND fooey 1. n. nonsense. □ Your story is just a lot of phooey. □ I’ve heard enough fooey. Let’s get out of here. 2. ex clam. <an expression of disgust, disagreement, or resignation.> (Usually Phooey! or Fooey! Used typically when something …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • phooey — /fooh ee/, interj. Informal. (an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust): Phooey on all those political promises! [1925 30, Amer.; perh. < G pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with E phoo! with similar force] * * * …   Universalium

  • phooey — interjection (expresses disgust) phooey on! …   Combinatory dictionary

  • phooey — oh no, darn it, nuts, rats, shucks    Phooey! I hit my golf ball into the water again! …   English idioms

  • phooey — interjection Date: 1929 used to express repudiation or disgust …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • phooey — interjection An expression of disgust, rejection, or disappointment …   Wiktionary

  • phooey — Australian Slang exclamation denoting contempt, disbelief, rejection, etc. (variant of phew ) …   English dialects glossary

  • phooey — phoo|ey [ˈfu:i] interjection [Date: 1900 2000; Origin: From the sound of spitting] used to express strong disbelief or disappointment …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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