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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
Can be confusedshoe shoo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for shooed

Contemporary Examples of shooed

  • “Some guy came up and shooed them all away because TV was Western,” recalls the officer, who asked not to be named.

  • For their hard work, they are treated like subhuman filth and shooed to the “colored” restroom out back.

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    Do I Have to Read The Help?

    William Boot

    January 16, 2010

Historical Examples of shooed

  • Well, I'm kind of glad I shooed that reception committee out of the way.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

  • That species of fowl is not to be shooed off as easily as a chicken.

  • And one of the maids coming too near, she shooed her angrily away.


    John Galsworthy

  • Miss Prouty shooed Andy off the stage and apologized for him.

    Jerry's Charge Account

    Hazel Hutchins Wilson

  • Then they all gathered on the other side, and "shooed," and waved their arms as well as the lantern.

    Chums of the Camp Fire

    Lawrence J. Leslie

British Dictionary definitions for shooed


  1. go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing or shooed
  1. (tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
  2. (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 shooed



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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