- (used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
- 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.
- to call out “shoo.”
Origin of shoo
Examples from the Web for shooing
Shooing The Daily Beast away, he added: "But we were really asked not to divulge any details, I'm sorry."The Knot Is Tied!
Chris Wilson, Jacob Bernstein
July 31, 2010
Now and then she would get up for the purpose of shooing a chicken away from the door.Lord Jim
Then she came laughing, waving her apron before her as if she were shooing chickens.My Antonia
She was shooing and brushing the little skunks with her tail, and they were trying to grab it.Watched by Wild Animals
Enos A. Mills
You referred just now, said Sapphira, to shooing bears out of the hotel.Mr. Munchausen
John Kendrick Bangs
He might have been shooing the sweet thing off into the air.The High Heart
- go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
- (tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
- (intr) to cry "shoo."
Word Origin and History for shooing
1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), perhaps instinctive, cf. German schu, Italian scioia. Related: Shooed; shooing.