\ ˈshü How to pronounce shoo (audio) \

Definition of shoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used especially in driving away an unwanted animal


shooed; shooing; shoos

Definition of shoo (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Examples of shoo in a Sentence

Verb We tried to help her, but she shooed us away. He shooed the cat out of the house.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In one house, an elderly woman asked for Robredo campaign materials, even while her husband tried to shoo the volunteers away. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 Suddenly, El Troudi seemed to be trying to shoo people off the train. William Neuman, The Atlantic, 7 Mar. 2022 The city of Sunnyvale in Northern California recently employed a secret weapon to shoo away thousands of nesting crows from its popular downtown area: lasers. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2022 However, lasers are a humane way to shoo away crows, according to the Humane Society of America. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Jan. 2022 Inside 67 Orange Street, a small bar in Harlem, the speakers played Bad Bunny, the drinks came in various colors and patrons were ready to shoo away 2021, some with Scotch in hand. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 An officer went out on one such call recently to shoo a cow away from the roadway. Elvia Limón, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Now, the action begins early, everyone hoping to clock a few hours before security guards arrive to shoo them away at noon. Los Angeles Times, 8 Dec. 2021 The Talib looked at the U.S. marines nearby, and angrily waved his hands, as if to shoo me away. Jane Ferguson, The New Yorker, 21 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of shoo


15th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoo


Middle English schowe

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“Shoo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shoo. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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\ ˈshü How to pronounce shoo (audio) \
shooed; shooing

Kids Definition of shoo

: to wave, scare, or send away She shooed us out of the kitchen.
Hint: Shoo is often used as a command. Shoo! Go outside.


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