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verb (used without object), cooed, coo·ing.
  1. to utter or imitate the soft, murmuring sound characteristic of doves.
  2. to murmur or talk fondly or amorously.
verb (used with object), cooed, coo·ing.
  1. to utter by cooing.
  1. a cooing sound.

Origin of coo1

First recorded in 1660–70; imitative
Related formscoo·er, nouncoo·ing·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for cooed

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  • "The world is the expression of our sense life to the spirit," she cooed.

  • There was a harsh note in the voice that lately had cooed so softly.

  • "I thank you, dearest dear," cooed the siren, caressing him tenderly.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • But she was a child—an uncanny child who cooed frankly when interested.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht

  • "I love you,—strong like that," she cooed, her eyes soft with passion again.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

British Dictionary definitions for cooed


verb coos, cooing or cooed
  1. (intr) (of doves, pigeons, etc) to make a characteristic soft throaty call
  2. (tr) to speak in a soft murmur
  3. (intr) to murmur lovingly (esp in the phrase bill and coo)
  1. the sound of cooing
  1. British slang an exclamation of surprise, awe, etc
Derived Formscooer, nouncooingly, adverb


abbreviation for
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abbreviation for
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Word Origin and History for cooed



1660s, echoic of doves; the phrase to bill and coo is first recorded 1816. Related: Cooing. The noun is recorded from 1729.

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