shoo

[ shoo ]
/ ʃu /

interjection

(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)

verb (used with object), shooed, shoo·ing.

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.

verb (used without object), shooed, shoo·ing.

to call out “shoo.”

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Origin of shoo

1475–85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH shoo

shoe, shoo
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Example sentences from the Web for shoo

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for shoo

shoo
/ (ʃuː) /

interjection

go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc

verb shoos, shooing or shooed

(tr) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
(intr) to cry "shoo."

Word Origin for shoo

C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
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