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tu-whit tu-whoo

Syllabification: tu-whit tu-whoo
Pronunciation: /təˌ(h)wit təˈ(h)wo͞o
 
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Definition of tu-whit tu-whoo in English:

noun

A stylized representation of the cry of the tawny owl.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 16th century: imitative.

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