Definition of tu-whit tu-whoo in English:

tu-whit tu-whoo

Syllabification: tu-whit tu-whoo
Pronunciation: /to͞o ˌ(h)wit tə ˈ(h)wo͞o


  • A stylized representation of the cry of the tawny owl.
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    • The call of the Tawny Owl is the tu-whit tu-whoo immortalised by William Shakespeare.
    • Famously, the call tu-whit tu-whoo was immortalised by William Shakespeare in Act 5, Scene 2 of Love's Labour's Lost.
    • In English we have the word ‘owl’ and most of us know that an owl is one of those birds that flies about at night going tu-whit tu-whoo.


late 16th century: imitative.

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