a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Aboriginal inhabitants of Australia and adopted by the settlers in the country.
to utter the call “cooee.”
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How to use cooee in a sentence
One was the fact that his father should, according to his account, cry cooee!
When about a hundred yards from the Pool I heard a cry of cooee!
When about a hundred yards from the pool I heard a cry of “cooee!”The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
One was the fact that his father should, according to his account, cry ‘cooee!’The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes | Arthur Conan Doyle
The Coroner: I understand that the cry of cooee was a common signal between you and your father?
British Dictionary definitions for cooee
a call used to attract attention, esp (originally) a long loud high-pitched call on two notes used in the Australian bush
(intr) to utter this call
Australian and NZ informal calling distance (esp in the phrase within (a) cooee (of))
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