shoo

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v shoo drive away by crying `shoo!'
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • interj Shoo Begone; away; -- an expression used in frightening away animals, especially fowls.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n shoo An obsolete spelling of shoe.
    • shoo Begone! off! away! used to scare away fowls and other animals.
    • shoo To cry or call out “Shoo,” as in driving away fowls.
    • shoo To scare or drive away (fowls or other creatures) by calling out “Shoo.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • interj Shoo shōō off! away! to scare away fowls, &c
    • v.i Shoo to cry 'Shoo!'—v.t. to drive away by calling 'Shoo!'
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. G. scheuchen, to scare, drive away

Usage

In literature:

He put out the cat; then let her in again it seemed just for the purpose of shooing her out once more.
"The Mission of Janice Day" by Helen Beecher Long
I attempted to shoo him back.
"American Cookery" by Various
Atter w'ile Brer Rabbit tuk'n shoo at 'im wid de platter.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
I'll bet a dollar it was you who shoo'd him off.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
And Mrs. Davis bustled out of the cabin and energetically shooed the curious youngsters away.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Uncle shoo her off the lot?
"At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern" by Myrtle Reed
We're a shoo-in, kid!
"Summer Snow Storm" by Adam Chase
Those trained ones will shoo her off and flirt with Bob themselves.
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
Miss Prouty shooed Andy off the stage and apologized for him.
"Jerry's Charge Account" by Hazel Hutchins Wilson
Eyebright ran after, and shoo-ed her downstairs.
"Eyebright" by Susan Coolidge
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In poetry:

Aw happen could get on misen,
For aw con work a bit,
But little sissy, sir, yo see,
Shoo's varry young as yet.
"The Old Bachelor's Story" by John Hartley
Like me, shoo taks things as they come,
Makkin th' best o' what falls to her lot,
Shoo's content wi her own humble hooam,
For her world's i' this snug little cot.
"Aw'm Havin' A Smook Bi Misel'," by John Hartley
With his kindly words still in her ears,
An that little red sock in her breast;
Shoo lukt up to Heaven through her tears;
An her faith, in Christ's love did the rest.
"Red Stockin" by John Hartley
That poor little maase aw dooant think meant me harm,
Shoo ne'er knew what that bonnet had cost me;
All shoo wanted wor some little nook snug an warm
An a gooid two-o'-three shillin its lost me.
"Did Yo Ivver!" by John Hartley
Shoo sooin wed another,--noa better nor me,
An aw hooap shoo'll be happy, though my life is dree;
An aw'll try to submit, though shoo treated me bad,
But oh! mi poor heart is nigh brokken mi lad.
"Soa Bonny" by John Hartley
Aw've travell'd o'er land, an aw've travell'd o'er sea,
An aw've seen th' grandest lasses 'at ivver can be;
But aw've nivver met one 'at could mak mi heart glad,
Like her,--for oh! shoo wor bonny mi lad.
"Soa Bonny" by John Hartley

In news:

Now is the time to shoo geese off your property before they establish their territories and start nesting, state wildlife officials say.
Shoo -ins, late releases dominate Oscar race.
Romney should be a shoo-in for president, but he isn't.
Joe Sakic of Colorado Avalanche lore a shoo-in for Hockey Hall of Fame.
At age 99, Orangevale woman a shoo-in .
A shoo-in for Richmond's TMI award.
Romney not a shoo-in for Republican nomination.
Is Rick Perry now a shoo-in .
Retired director no shoo-in for advisory panel.
Is Bush a Shoo-In for '04.
A couple trying to shoo a stray dog off a bench.
Advice on shooing off skunk turned out to be a stinker .
She was a shoo-in for the award.
Six weeks ago, Cherry Creek's Jordyn Colter set the pace in the Class 5A cross country championships in Colorado Springs and appeared to be a shoo-in to repeat as champion, only to unexpectedly collapse.
No 'Pinterest For Cats': Google Ventures' Kevin Rose Shoos Away Copycat Startups.
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