Definition of shoo in English:

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shoo

Pronunciation: /SHo͞o/

exclamation

A word said to frighten or drive away a person or animal.
Example sentences
  • Oh, and if you haven't read the first part, ‘Millie’, shoo!

verb (shoos, shooing, shooed /SHo͞od/)

[with object]
Make (a person or animal) go away by waving one’s arms at them, saying “shoo,” or otherwise acting in a discouraging manner: I went to comfort her but she shooed me away
More example sentences
  • In the rocks above the flat roofs, I pass a shepherd girl shooing sheep along the mountainside.
  • Finally, a March organizer shooed us along the route as we were falling behind.
  • With a swift and playful push, she shooed Daniel out, promising him to take only ten minutes.

Origin

A natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English. The verb use dates from the early 17th century.

Words that rhyme with shoo

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Syllabification: shoo

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