[ shoo ]
/ ʃu /
(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 shooshoe, shoo
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British Dictionary definitions for shoo
/ (ʃuː) /
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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