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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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  • The two Constabulary men came closer, and Jack stepped back into the house, shooing the Fuzzies out of the way.

    Little Fuzzy Henry Beam Piper
  • Applehead grumbled, shooing the three before him down the draw.

  • I thought it was living, and was shooing at it when Inza ran over and put her hand right on it.

  • Mrs. Pritchett swept them up the aisle ahead of her as though she were shooing a flock of chickens with her ample skirts.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
  • A woman in a barnyard swished out her big skirts, shooing chickens.

    The Invaders Benjamin Ferris
  • She bustled in ahead of them, shooing chickens as she went, and chattering volubly.

    Ragna Anna Miller Costantini
  • It struck him that to make the picture complete he ought to be shooing flies away from her with a palm-leaf fan.

    The Magnificent Ambersons Booth Tarkington
  • It made a comical show, especially when one was lazily lying down and the other was shooing with eagerness and solemnity.

    The Grizzly Enos A. Mills
  • He put out the cat; then let her in again it seemed just for the purpose of shooing her out once more.

    The Mission of Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
British Dictionary definitions for shooing


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 shooing



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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