Share this entry

Share this page

shoo

Line breaks: shoo
Pronunciation: /ʃuː
 
/

Definition of shoo in English:

exclamation

A word said to frighten or drive away a person or animal: ‘Shoo,’ said Mrs Beavis to her girls, and the passage emptied
More example sentences
  • Oh, and if you haven't read the first part, ‘Millie’, shoo!

verb (shoos, shooing, shooed)

[with object and adverbial of direction] Back to top  
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.

Definition of shoo in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day terpsichorean
Pronunciation: ˌtərpsikəˈrēən
adjective
of or relating to dancing