Definition of cooee in English:
verb (cooees, cooeeing, cooeed)[no object] Back to top
- That we seldom saw a snake was probably due to the noise we made cooeeing and ululating to each other through a labyrinth of tunnels under the wiry branches.
- He hurried back, cooeeing and calling her name without getting an answer.
- I whistled and cooeed to John who was well out of sight and hearing by this stage, hoping that the wind would carry my voice.
late 18th century: imitative of a signal used by Australian Aborigines and copied by settlers.
While to coo (late 17th century) is an imitation of the soft murmur of a dove, cooee is a sound meant to carry over distance. It was adopted by early British settlers in Australia from the sound used by Aboriginals to signal to each other in the bush.
- Australian /NZ Within reach; near: there’s loads of cheap accommodation within cooee of the airportMore example sentences
- But only on condition that we get ourselves another flag; Australian beef would surely flop if we let our present flag appear ‘anywhere within cooee of even a sliver of Australian beef jerky’.
- ‘To sustain their argument of no loss of open space the Health Department claims any land within cooee of any buildings at present is not open space,’ she said.
- Suffice it to say, if Helen or Winston didn't rate a particular candidate, that person would not get within cooee of the top 40.
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