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[shoo] /ʃu/
(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
verb (used with object), shooed, shooing.
to drive away by saying or shouting “shoo.”.
to request or force (a person) to leave:
I'll have to shoo you out of here now.
verb (used without object), shooed, shooing.
to call out “shoo.”.
Origin of shoo
1475-85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confused
shoe, shoo. Unabridged
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  • It was a little mean of her, but he looked the other way and said, "shoo, Teddy."

    W. A. G.'s Tale Margaret Turnbull
  • All Sim had to do was to make a pass at the Jerries, loop over and shoo them away.

  • I tried to give him the wink and shoo him off, but it was no go.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • Acknowledging the presence of the cows only by a friendly "shoo, there!"

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
  • And you just shoo me off wherever you please and go on with the good work.

    The Straw Eugene O'Neill
  • She turned around and shouted, "shoo, shoo—why don't you go home?"

  • As he came upon Dorothy, he started violently, and said "shoo!"

    The Admiral's Caravan Charles E. Carryl
  • The guard, with leveled bayonet, began to shoo the “Gugus” off the landing.

  • Ben Gile tossed the locust into the air and called out, "shoo!"

    Little Busybodies

    Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
British Dictionary definitions for shoo


go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing, shooed
(transitive) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
(intransitive) to cry "shoo."
Word Origin
C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
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Word Origin and History for shoo

1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), perhaps instinctive, cf. German schu, Italian scioia. Related: Shooed; shooing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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