Definition of shoo in English:


Line breaks: shoo
Pronunciation: /ʃuː


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
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  • 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.


a natural exclamation: first recorded in late Middle English. The verb use dates from the early 17th century.

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