interjection \ˈshü\

—used when repeatedly moving your hand away from you in a short motion with your fingers down to tell an animal or person to leave

Full Definition of SHOO

—used especially in driving away an unwanted animal

Origin of SHOO

Middle English schowe
First Known Use: 15th century


transitive verb

: to tell (an animal or person) to leave

Full Definition of SHOO

:  to scare, drive, or send away by or as if by crying shoo <shooed us away from the kitchen>

Examples of SHOO

  1. We tried to help her, but she shooed us away.
  2. He shooed the cat out of the house.

First Known Use of SHOO

circa 1798


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