[ koo-ee ]
/ ˈku i /


a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Australian Aborigines and adopted by the settlers in the country.

verb (used without object), coo·eed, coo·ee·ing.

to utter the call “cooee.”

Origin of cooee

First recorded in 1780–90, cooee is from the Dharuk word gu-wī Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for cooee



/ (ˈkuːiː) /


a call used to attract attention, esp (originally) a long loud high-pitched call on two notes used in the Australian bush

verb cooees, cooeeing, cooeed, cooeys, cooeying or cooeyed

(intr) to utter this call


Australian and NZ informal calling distance (esp in the phrase within (a) cooee (of))

Word Origin for cooee

C19: from a native Australian language
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