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[shoo] /ʃu/
(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
verb (used with object), shooed, shooing.
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, shooing.
to call out “shoo.”.
Origin of shoo
1475-85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confused
shoe, shoo. Unabridged
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  • Was he the fellow the boss wanted we should shoo off that island?

  • As he came upon Dorothy, he started violently, and said "shoo!"

    The Admiral's Caravan Charles E. Carryl
  • Now when mice run out of the cupboard I go outdoors, and let Maria "shoo" them back again.

  • Ben Gile tossed the locust into the air and called out, "shoo!"

    Little Busybodies Jeanette Augustus Marks and Julia Moody
  • Why don't all of you shoo—I want to do a little survey in depth here—a little motivational work.

    Tinker's Dam Joseph Tinker
  • Then I tries to shoo the bunch into the street; but they don't shoo for a cent.

  • And: "Mary, there's the pig by mother's almond tree; run and shoo him."

    Once Aboard The Lugger Arthur Stuart-Menteth Hutchinson
  • But that little play only makes it all the harder for me to shoo him out.

  • An' then shoo'l whisper in her ear, 'Ther's nubdy can touch aw'r Simon 'at growin thease, tha sees he understands it.'

    Yorksher Puddin' John Hartley
British Dictionary definitions for shoo


go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing, shooed
(transitive) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
(intransitive) to cry "shoo."
Word Origin
C15: imitative; related to Middle High German schū, French shou, Italian scio
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Word Origin and History for shoo

1620s, "to drive away by calling 'shoo,' " from the exclamation (late 15c.), perhaps instinctive, cf. German schu, Italian scioia. Related: Shooed; shooing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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