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  1. (used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)

verb (used with object),shooed, shoo·ing.
  1. to drive away by saying or shouting “shoo.”

  2. to request or force (a person) to leave: I'll have to shoo you out of here now.

verb (used without object),shooed, shoo·ing.
  1. to call out “shoo.”

Origin of shoo

1475–85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu

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British Dictionary definitions for shoo


/ (ʃuː) /

  1. go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc

verbshoos, shooing or shooed
  1. (tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."

  2. (intr) to cry "shoo."

Origin of shoo

C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio

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