\ ˈmü How to pronounce moo (audio) \
mooed; mooing; moos

Definition of moo

intransitive verb

: to make the throat noise of a cow

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Other Words from moo

moo noun

Examples of moo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But getting the animals to calm down can be difficult when they are distracted by herdmates mooing or baaing in the distance. Dionne Searcey, New York Times, "With County Fairs Off, Children Show Their Cows and Sheep Virtually," 13 May 2020 Innocent Ntirengaya’s request to marry Divine Uwamahoro is accepted, and so is the dowry—eight cows that have been mooing for hours in a nearby pasture. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 The animals mooed their dissent but finally boarded the trailer. NBC News, "Best advice to U.S. dairy farmers? 'Sell out as fast as you can'," 30 June 2018 But some cows — not all, as activists like to claim — cry (or moo mournfully) when their young are taken away. Mark Kurlansky, Time, "Why We've Been Fighting About Milk for 10,000 Years," 7 May 2018 The cow brought in to provide fresh milk for the cafe has been mooing all night. Bloomberg News, The Denver Post, "A luxury desert camp … and religious police? Tourism in Saudi Arabia may be hard sell," 2 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of moo

1549, in the meaning defined above

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“Moo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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\ ˈmü How to pronounce moo (audio) \
mooed; mooing

Kids Definition of moo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make the sound of a cow : low


plural moos

Kids Definition of moo (Entry 2 of 2)

: the low sound made by a cow

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