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cooee

[koo-ee]
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noun
  1. a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Australian Aborigines and adopted by the settlers in the country.
verb (used without object), coo·eed, coo·ee·ing.
  1. to utter the call “cooee.”

Origin of cooee

First recorded in 1780–90, cooee is from the Dharuk word gu-wī
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Examples from the Web for cooee

Historical Examples

  • One instance each of A-1 and A1, and cooee and coo-e-e were retained.

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    Angela Brazil

  • Then looked a little troubled, for cooee was to be interpreted that all was well.

  • We had not gone far, however, when a cooee reached our ears.

  • When about a hundred yards from the Pool I heard a cry of Cooee!

  • They cooeed back that the cooee won by an easy thousand yards.


British Dictionary definitions for cooee

cooee

cooey

interjection
  1. a call used to attract attention, esp (originally) a long loud high-pitched call on two notes used in the Australian bush
verb cooees, cooeeing, cooeed, cooeys, cooeying or cooeyed
  1. (intr) to utter this call
noun
  1. Australian and NZ informal calling distance (esp in the phrase within (a) cooee (of))

Word Origin

C19: from a native Australian language
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