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shoo

[shoo] /ʃu/
interjection
1.
(used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.)
verb (used with object), shooed, shooing.
2.
to drive away by saying or shouting “shoo.”.
3.
to request or force (a person) to leave:
I'll have to shoo you out of here now.
verb (used without object), shooed, shooing.
4.
to call out “shoo.”.
Origin
1475-1485
1475-85; earlier showe, shough, shooh, ssou (interjection), imitative; compare German schu
Can be confused
shoe, shoo.
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British Dictionary definitions for shoos

shoo

/ʃuː/
interjection
1.
go away!: used to drive away unwanted or annoying people, animals, etc
verb shoos, shooing, shooed
2.
(transitive) to drive away by or as if by crying "shoo."
3.
(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 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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