Definition of cooee in English:

cooee

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Pronunciation: /ˈkuːɪ
 
, -iː/
informal

exclamation

  • Used to attract attention, especially at a distance: ‘Cooee!’ The call brought all three heads round

verb (cooees, cooeeing, cooeed)

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  • Make a call to attract attention: Liz had to cooee as he seemed in danger of blundering into the table
    More example sentences
    • 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.

Phrases

within cooee

Australian /NZ Within reach; near: there’s loads of cheap accommodation within cooee of the airport
More 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.

Origin

late 18th century: imitative of a signal used by Australian Aborigines and copied by settlers.

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