- (used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
- 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.
- to call out “shoo.”
Origin of shoo
1475–85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
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Examples from the Web for shoo
When the rest of us would stand, we could watch parts of the ceremony until security would try to shoo us back to our seats.My Night at the Golden Globe Awards
January 14, 2013
It was a little mean of her, but he looked the other way and said, "Shoo, Teddy."W. A. G.'s Tale
All Sim had to do was to make a pass at the Jerries, loop over and shoo them away.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
I tried to give him the wink and shoo him off, but it was no go.Shorty McCabe
Acknowledging the presence of the cows only by a friendly "Shoo, there!"Peak and Prairie
And you just shoo me off wherever you please and go on with the good work.The Straw
- go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
- (tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
- (intr) to cry "shoo."
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.
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