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Make the characteristic deep resonant vocal sound of cattle.‘the cows mooed from the barn’
- ‘Adding to the mesmerizing murmur of the flowing water, the sounds of birds singing and cows mooing left one feeling totally at peace.’
- ‘Cattle and sheep started to roam languidly towards the hill slopes where they grazed, mooing and baaing.’
- ‘The rains began to pour down in heavy pelts, in huge droplets, the cows mooing a nervous call loud over the plateau.’
- ‘Disturbed by Lewis's examination of her newborn, the heifer mooed unhappily.’
- ‘Children were running everywhere, dogs were barking and cows were mooing.’
- ‘I reached out to stick a finger into the pail when the cow mooed again.’
- ‘It was sleeping peacefully, mooing faintly and twitching its hooves.’
- ‘She mooed loudly as though in shock, and ran in the opposite direction.’
- ‘Several of the bulls started bellowing and the cows mooing.’
- ‘We drove down a winding country road surrounded by large vegetable gardens in various stages of harvest, cow pastures with lots of passive cows mooing softly and small rural homes.’
- ‘Quietly waiting, chewing their cuds, occasionally mooing, they look in from outside their barn doors at the plentiful picnic refreshments prepared for the human beings.’
1The characteristic sound of cattle.‘the doleful moo of a cow’
- ‘Half of the cows were missing from the field, and you could occasionally hear a moo from a random direction.’
- ‘Rows and rows of cows and heifers, their moos resounding within the school walls, were tethered to makeshift stalls.’
- ‘He smiled, puckered his lips and let out a deep moo.’
- ‘When I reached the gate, I heard happy moos and clucks from the cows and chickens.’
- ‘All the other campers were gone to either river raft or kayak, and the campground was totally quiet, all you could hear were the crickets and an occasional moo from a cow.’
- ‘All I could hear, for half a mile, was the sound of our feet crunching on the gravel, and the gentle moos coming from the cows in the fields.’
- ‘Costing £9.99, the cow moos and shakes uncontrollably when switched on.’
- ‘Milking takes a few minutes, the suckers are taken off, and the next row of cows files in with hardly a moo to be heard.’
2British informal An irritating or incompetent woman.‘you silly old moo’
- ‘Grace was given the chance to redeem herself and the silly moo didn't take it’
- ‘There is, finally and thankfully, a murder and one of the silly, uptight moos gets locked up.’
- ‘She thinks the stupid moo is acting in an understandable fashion.’
- ‘It has been some time since my last e-mail, and I've been a lazy moo and not spoken to anyone since.’
Mid 16th century: imitative.
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