Pist vs Pish - What's the difference?

pist | pish |

As verbs the difference between pist and pish

is that pist is ; (piss) while pish is to try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (eg "psshh").

As an interjection pish is

an expression of disdain.

As a noun pish is

a sibilant noise (eg "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.




  • ; (piss)
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  • (vulgar) Urine.
  • 1611' ''Monster, I do smell all horse-'''piss ; at which my nose is in great indignation.'' — Shakespeare, ''The Tempest , Act 4, Scene 1.
    2005' ''There in a puddle of '''piss sat Princess Fatima, her dress up over her knees, vomit dripping onto her bodice'' - Richard Connelly Miller, ''Tanglefoot
  • (vulgar, slang) Alcoholic beverage, especially of inferior quality.
  • Synonyms

    * See also


  • (vulgar) To urinate.
  • 1601' ''O Jove, a beastly fault! And then another fault in the semblance of a fowl; think on ’t, Jove; a foul fault! When gods have hot backs, what shall poor men do? For me, I am here a Windsor stag; and the fattest, I think, i’ the forest. Send me a cool rut-time, Jove, or who can blame me '''to piss my tallow? Who comes here? my doe?'' — Shakespeare, ''The Merry Wives of Windsor , Act 5, Scene 5.
  • (vulgar) To discharge as or with the urine.
  • Synonyms

    * See

    Derived terms

    * on the piss * piece of piss * pissabed * piss and vinegar * piss artist * piss away * pissbreath * piss clam * pissed * pissed off * pissface * piss flap * pisshead * pisshole * pisshouse * pissing contest * piss in someone's pocket * piss it down * piss like a racehorse * piss lily * piss money up the wall * pisspants * piss off * piss oneself * piss on that * piss-poor * piss pot * piss-prophet * piss-take * piss-up * piss water * piss-weak * pissy * take the piss * weak as piss




    (en interjection)
  • An expression of disdain.
  • Noun

    (wikipedia pish) (es)
  • A sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh") made by birders and ornithologists to attract small birds.
  • Verb

  • To try to attract birds by making a sibilant noise (e.g. "psshh").
  • To express contempt.
  • 1606 - act ii, scene 1
    Pish for thee, Iceland dog! thou prick-ear'd cur of Iceland!

    Usage notes

    * Most commonly found in the gerund or present participle pishing .


    * * Dunne, Peter (2006). The Art of Pishing: How to Attract Birds by Mimicking Their Calls . ISBN 9780811732956. * Langham, G. M.; Contreras, T.A. & Sieving, K.E. (2006). Why pishing works: Titmouse (Paridae) scolds elicit a generalized response in bird communities]. Ecoscience 13 (4): 485–496. doi:10.2980/1195-6860(2006)13[485:WPWTPS2.0.CO;2


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