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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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Examples from the Web for shoos

Historical Examples

  • The Dummy was gone—the Senior Nurse had shooed him off as one shoos a chicken.

    Love Stories

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Sarah bustled him out of the room, as one shoos chickens, and I lay back on my pillows and laughed.

    Mavis of Green Hill

    Faith Baldwin

  • No hale man ever loves him; he stirs the sportsman's wrath; the whole world kicks and shoves him and shoos him from the path.

    Rippling Rhymes

    Walt Mason


British Dictionary definitions for shoos

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 shoos

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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