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shoo

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interjection
  1. (used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
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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.
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verb (used without object), shooed, shoo·ing.
  1. to call out “shoo.”
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Origin of shoo

1475–85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confusedshoe shoo
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  • 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.

    Beyond

    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

shoo

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

C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
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Word Origin and History for shooed

shoo

v.

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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