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Used to attract attention, especially at a distance:‘‘Cooee!’ The call brought all three heads round’
Make a call to attract attention:‘Liz had to cooee as he seemed in danger of blundering into the table’
call, shout, exclaim, sing out, yell, shriek, scream, screech, bawl, bellow, roar, whoopView synonyms
- ‘I cooeed back, and there was obvious relief in her replying cooee.’
- ‘He hurried back, cooeeing and calling her name without getting an answer.’
- ‘Bob was right with me when I pegged my first Yank nugget, but didn't seem all that enthusiastic when I started yelling and cooeeing at the top of my lungs, so I slunk off to find Chris so I could find more appreciative company.’
- ‘I whistled and cooeed to John who was well out of sight and hearing by this stage, hoping that the wind would carry my voice.’
- ‘I cooeed, which disturbed the dogs of the camp; but the cold wind blew so strong from the east, that I feared Charley would either not hear my cooee, or I not his.’
- ‘That we seldom saw a snake was probably due to the noise we made cooeeing and ululating to each other through a labyrinth of tunnels under the wiry branches.’
Late 18th century: imitative of a signal used by Australian Aborigines and copied by settlers.
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