shoo
I. interjection Etymology: Middle English schowe Date: 15th century — used especially in driving away an unwanted animal II. transitive verb Date: circa 1798 to scare, drive, or send away by or as if by crying shoo <
shooed us away from the kitchen
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • shoo — (v.) 1620s, to drive away by calling shoo, from the exclamation (late 15c.), instinctive, Cf. Ger. schu, It. scioia. Shoo in easy winner (especially in politics) (1939) was originally a horse that wins a race by pre arrangement (1928; the verb… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Shoo — Shoo, interj. [Cf. G. scheuchen to scare, drive away.] Begone; away; an expression used in frightening away animals, especially fowls. [1913 Webster] [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • shoo — [[t]ʃu͟ː[/t]] shoos, shooing, shooed 1) VERB If you shoo an animal or a person away, you make them go away by waving your hands or arms at them. [V n with adv] You d better shoo him away... [V n prep] I shooed him out of the room. 2) EXCLAM You… …   English dictionary

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  • shoo — /shooh/, interj., v., shooed, shooing. interj. 1. (used to scare or drive away a cat, dog, chickens, birds, etc.) v.t. 2. to drive away by saying or shouting shoo. 3. to request or force (a person) to leave: I ll have to shoo you out of here now …   Universalium

  • shoo — shoo1 [ ʃu ] verb transitive to tell an animal or a person to go away, especially by saying shoo and waving your hands shoo shoo 2 [ ʃu ] interjection used for telling an animal or a person to go away …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • shoo — I UK [ʃuː] / US [ʃu] verb [transitive] Word forms shoo : present tense I/you/we/they shoo he/she/it shoos present participle shooing past tense shooed past participle shooed to tell an animal or a person to go away, especially by saying shoo and… …   English dictionary

  • shoo — shoo1 [ʃu:] interjection [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Natural sound] used to tell an animal or a child to go away shoo 2 shoo2 v [T always + adverb/preposition] informal to make an animal or a child go away, especially because they are annoying you… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • shoo — [ʃuː] verb [T] to tell an animal or a person to go away, especially by saying ‘shoo and waving your hands shoo interjection …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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