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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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  • Now and then she would get up for the purpose of shooing a chicken away from the door.

    Lord Jim

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then she came laughing, waving her apron before her as if she were shooing chickens.

    My Antonia

    Willa Cather

  • She was shooing and brushing the little skunks with her tail, and they were trying to grab it.

  • 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

    Basil King


British Dictionary definitions for shooing

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 shooing

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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