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  1. a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Australian Aborigines and adopted by the settlers in the country.
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verb (used without object), coo·eed, coo·ee·ing.
  1. to utter the call “cooee.”
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Origin of cooee

First recorded in 1780–90, cooee is from the Dharuk word gu-wī
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Examples from the Web for cooee

Historical Examples of cooee

  • One instance each of A-1 and A1, and cooee and coo-e-e were retained.

    The Jolliest School of All

    Angela Brazil

  • Then looked a little troubled, for cooee was to be interpreted that all was well.

  • We had not gone far, however, when a cooee reached our ears.

  • When about a hundred yards from the Pool I heard a cry of Cooee!

  • They cooeed back that the cooee won by an easy thousand yards.

British Dictionary definitions for cooee



  1. a call used to attract attention, esp (originally) a long loud high-pitched call on two notes used in the Australian bush
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verb cooees, cooeeing, cooeed, cooeys, cooeying or cooeyed
  1. (intr) to utter this call
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  1. Australian and NZ informal calling distance (esp in the phrase within (a) cooee (of))
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Word Origin for cooee

C19: from a native Australian language
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