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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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  • Now and then she would get up for the purpose of shooing a chicken away from the door.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Then she came laughing, waving her apron before her as if she were shooing chickens.

    My Antonia Willa Cather
  • She was shooing and brushing the little skunks with her tail, and they were trying to grab it.

    Watched by Wild Animals Enos A. Mills
  • You referred just now, said Sapphira, to shooing bears out of the hotel.

    Mr. Munchausen

    John Kendrick Bangs
  • He might have been shooing the sweet thing off into the air.

    The High Heart Basil King
  • Applehead grumbled, shooing the three before him down the draw.

  • He was shooing them off like a lot of chickens, and they were laughing.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • 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
  • I thought it was living, and was shooing at it when Inza ran over and put her hand right on it.

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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