\ ˈshü How to pronounce shoo (audio) \

Definition of shoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

used especially in driving away an unwanted animal

shoo

verb
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

One of the guys took a stick and started to shoo them away. Candace Taylor, WSJ, "Real-Estate Agents Discover It’s (Literally) a Zoo Out There," 25 July 2018 Women in headscarves protecting holiday hairdos shooed their excited children along. Daniel Lee, WSJ, "Could the Internet Power a Small-Town Renaissance?," 21 Nov. 2018 The Kelleys also typically hired multiple security guards for Gasparilla, and there was a report of one guard using a Taser to shoo away the rabble that day. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "The Bizarre Scandal That Brought Down General David Petraeus," 29 Nov. 2016 He was projected as the winner thanks to some help from Trump: The president shooed his biggest challenger, activist Danny Tarkanian, out of the race. Sean Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "Sanford falters in South Carolina after critical tweet from Trump," 13 June 2018 Bouncers shooed out clubgoers, allowing the Capitals and the Cup to linger on stage a little longer. Adam Kilgore, chicagotribune.com, "What happened in Vegas: All night with the Capitals and the Stanley Cup," 8 June 2018 Store staff can be seen shooing away bystanders and telling Mr. Fraser to stop recording. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Violent Arrest at Century 21 Casts Spotlight on Security Guards," 17 May 2018 The original movie’s two female stars might not be shoo-ins for a sequel, either. Mike Miller, PEOPLE.com, "Val Kilmer Returning as Iceman Alongside Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick," 6 June 2018 Romine acceded to Stanton’s wishes and shooed away an offer of compensation. Billy Witz, New York Times, "Aaron Boone’s No. 17? It’s Personal, Not Motivational," 23 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of shoo

Interjection

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Verb

circa 1798, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shoo

Interjection

Middle English schowe

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English Language Learners Definition of shoo

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of shoo (Entry 2 of 2)

: to tell (an animal or person) to leave

shoo

verb
\ 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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