shoofly

[shoo-flahy]
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noun, plural shoo·flies.

a child's rocker having a seat supported between two boards cut and painted to resemble animals.

Nearby words

  1. shoo,
  2. shoo-fly,
  3. shoo-fly pie,
  4. shoo-fly plant,
  5. shoo-in,
  6. shoofly pie,
  7. shoogle,
  8. shook,
  9. shook up,
  10. shool

Origin of shoofly

An Americanism dating back to 1860–65; shoo + fly2

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Examples from the Web for shoo-fly

  • Shoo-fly afflicted the American people for at least two years, and "I don't think" and aber nit quite as long.

    The American Language|Henry L. Mencken


Word Origin and History for shoo-fly

shoo-fly

interj.

admonition to a pest, by 1867 (in baseball slang), from shoo (v.) + fly (n.). Popularized by a Dan Bryant minstrel song c.1870, which launched it as a catch-phrase that, according to H.L. Mencken, "afflicted the American people for at least two years." Shoo-fly pie is attested from 1935.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper