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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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  • Our engineer, who was already wading fearlessly in the water, beautifully naked, "shooed" them off like chickens.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • That species of fowl is not to be shooed off as easily as a chicken.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • Mura tucked Sinbad under his arm and shooed Dane before him out of the hydro.

    Plague Ship Andre Norton
  • Tim came and shooed her off when she was writing in the middle of it, writing in the heat of creation.

    Joan of the Journal Helen Diehl Olds
  • She shooed Sara back into the loft and returned the key to the woodshed.

    Behind the Green Door Mildred A. Wirt
  • I might have found it hard to explain why that hen hadn't been shooed away.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • By the end of the concert it was nine o'clock, the time for all visitors to be shooed off home.

  • I thought he was coming, too, when he clapped his hands and shooed me off so fast.

    The Sun Maid Evelyn Raymond
British Dictionary definitions for shooed


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 shooed



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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