- (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
Related Words for shoosscoot, scram, git, shoo, begone, away, depart, leave, off, out, scat, vamoose, hightail, skiddoo, skedaddle
Examples from the Web for shoos
Historical Examples of shoos
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
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
- 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 for shoo
1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), perhaps instinctive, cf. German schu, Italian scioia. Related: Shooed; shooing.