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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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  • Well, I'm kind of glad I shooed that reception committee out of the way.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • That species of fowl is not to be shooed off as easily as a chicken.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • And one of the maids coming too near, she shooed her angrily away.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Miss Prouty shooed Andy off the stage and apologized for him.

    Jerry's Charge Account Hazel Hutchins Wilson
  • Then they all gathered on the other side, and "shooed," and waved their arms as well as the lantern.

    Chums of the Camp Fire Lawrence J. Leslie
  • 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
  • I might have found it hard to explain why that hen hadn't been shooed away.

    In Pastures Green Peter McArthur
  • She shooed him into her brother's room and her father locked him in.

    Sam, This is You William Fitzgerald Jenkins
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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