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shoo

interjection \ ˈshü \
Updated on: 14 Apr 2018

Definition of shoo

used especially in driving away an unwanted animal

Origin and Etymology of shoo

Middle English schowe


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shoo

verb

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 in a Sentence

  1. We tried to help her, but she shooed us away.

  2. He shooed the cat out of the house.

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First Known Use of shoo

circa 1798

in the meaning defined above

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SHOO Defined for English Language Learners

shoo

Definition of shoo for English Language Learners

  • —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


shoo

Definition of shoo for English Language Learners

  • : to tell (an animal or person) to leave


SHOO Defined for Kids

shoo

verb \ ˈshü \

Definition of shoo for Students

shooed; shooing
: 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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