[ shoo ]
/ ʃu /


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

verb (used with object), shooed, shoo·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), shooed, shoo·ing.

to call out “shoo.”

Nearby words

  1. shona,
  2. shone,
  3. shoneen,
  4. shongololo,
  5. shonky,
  6. shoo-fly,
  7. shoo-fly pie,
  8. shoo-fly plant,
  9. shoo-in,
  10. shoofly

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) /


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

verb shoos, shooing or shooed

(tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
(intr) to cry "shoo."

Word Origin for shoo

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

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Word Origin and History for shoo



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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