- (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 shoos
The Dummy was gone—the Senior Nurse had shooed him off as one shoos a chicken.Love Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Sarah bustled him out of the room, as one shoos chickens, and I lay back on my pillows and laughed.Mavis of Green Hill
No hale man ever loves him; he stirs the sportsman's wrath; the whole world kicks and shoves him and shoos him from the path.Rippling Rhymes
- 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 shoos
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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