from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to frighten away animals or birds.
  • transitive v. To drive or frighten away by or as if by crying "shoo.”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To induce someone or something to leave.
  • v. To leave under inducement.
  • v. To usher someone.
  • interj. Go away! Clear off!

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. Begone; away; -- an expression used in frightening away animals, especially fowls.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Begone! off! away! used to scare away fowls and other animals.
  • To cry or call out “Shoo,” as in driving away fowls.
  • To scare or drive away (fowls or other creatures) by calling out “Shoo.”
  • n. An obsolete spelling of shoe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. drive away by crying `shoo!'


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Compare German scheuchen to scare, drive away.


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  • Sensing movement might help keep a fly from remaining in one place for very long, the same way the tail of a cow might help "shoo" the fly from its stationary position on the haunch, but does that mean flies go away or does it mean they just buzz around and land again somewhere else nearby?

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  • But when I walked right up to it and went "shoo" and it just cocked its head at me curiously, I thought I should probably see just how tame it was.

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  • I'd have to open our front door and "shoo" it away, much as I hated to!

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  • At one time, however, owing to the congestion in the trench, we were compelled to "shoo" a lot of the prisoners back "overland," to the next support trench.

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