Main definitions of coo in English

: coo1coo2

coo1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a pigeon or dove) make a soft murmuring sound.

    ‘ringdoves cooed among the branches’
    • ‘Birds flew through the trees and cooed peacefully from the branches.’
    • ‘Jet-black ravens squawked in the churchyard and storm-grey pigeons cooed in the park.’
    • ‘Bluebells and ‘lords and ladies’ are poking up, and overhead early morning pigeons cooed gently in the trees or cruised the valley.’
    • ‘I could hear the pigeons cooing overhead, a constant cacophony of noise that filtered down from the eighth floor.’
    • ‘He cradled the pigeon in his hands, listening to it coo gently before releasing it into the air.’
    • ‘I say pigeon cooing because Joseph also likes the pigeons and his pigeon won a race last weekend.’
    • ‘I thought I would be in the gentle surroundings of my room at home but a strange, dark room greeted me; odd noises of pigeons cooing and taxis screeching and car horns blazing wildly in my ears.’
    • ‘It is peaceful - quiet now except for mourning doves cooing in a nearby mesquite.’
    • ‘Pigeons cooed from the rooftops of buildings, and rats scurried along the floor.’
    • ‘The doves are cooing and wooing and calling for love.’
    • ‘Even as I tell people about our new garden, an image flashes up of friendly old men bending down over enormous cabbages, their pigeons softly cooing in the loft behind.’
    • ‘For a long time your body lies there while the pigeons mill about, cooing to one another.’
    • ‘Though there was still a haze of darkness, he could hear the starting of the pigeons cooing.’
    • ‘A mourning dove cooed in the distance, accompanied by the never-ending drone of dragonflies and cicadas in the creek bed hidden behind the tall grass of the field.’
    • ‘Most days she goes to the writer's room, a calm neutral space where doves coo outside.’
    • ‘As I sat there, wistfully watching the kids run round me, I scattered some cheesy puffs and cashew nuts for pigeons which descended cooing and flapping to peck among the grit.’
    • ‘As she walked pass the table, the dove flew up to her shoulder, cooing in her ear.’
    • ‘In the park the pigeons flap and coo, and a couple of girls wearing pink headscarves rock idly backwards and forwards on the red swings beside the climbing frame.’
    • ‘You're never sure if the phone's ringing in the distance, someone is moving about in the flat upstairs or a pigeon is cooing outside the window.’
    • ‘White winged doves coo, and a whiptail lizard scurries across the gravel.’
    1. 1.1 (of a person) speak in a soft gentle voice.
      ‘I cruised the room, cooing at toddlers’
      ‘“I knew I could count on you,” she cooed’
      • ‘I mean you should have seen all of those people cooing over me at the bridal shop.’
      • ‘Ladies were cooing over them but he didn't acknowledge them.’
      • ‘The grand lobby had my grandmother cooing - score some points for me.’
      • ‘‘Miss,’ his gentle voice cooed, checking to see if she was awake.’
      • ‘‘Yes, yes, please do,’ I would coo soothingly, anxious not to disturb his flow.’
      • ‘We've all seen it: a mother crouched on the floor, arms outstretched, cooing to her baby as he lopsidedly plops first one hand, then the other, on the carpet, dragging his chubby knees behind him.’
      • ‘As reporters cooed about a ‘second chance’, only a few hard-hearts were prepared to be realistic.’
      • ‘The rest of the girls grew into precious little flowers that danced across the room, parents cooed and clapped, and everyone forgot that Alicia, the seed, was curled up in the corner.’
      • ‘As I sit down in my seat, Barbara coos sadly and says to me as she looks at the detention paper in my hands, ‘Now I can't go home with you.’’
      • ‘Hopefully, I'll then turn all mushy and gooey as I start cooing, ‘Aw, look at his little hands!’’
      • ‘While Colleen was cooing over his attempts at flowery language, I saw Madison lean over to him.’
      • ‘Minutes later, I was cradling my little baby boy, cooing to him as his mother had left in a huff soon after dropping by.’
      • ‘‘My sweet baby,’ I cooed, stroking her tiny arm.’
      • ‘Hunter cooed to him softly, showing a softer side to his draconic steed than he did to most people.’
      • ‘The nurses coo over how healthy and well it looks.’
      • ‘‘We can call your lawyer and work out the rest of the details this week,’ my mom cooed to the lovely wife.’
      • ‘The frail girl cooed in a soft voice that matched her fragile figure.’
      • ‘‘You're very fast, the fastest I've seen,’ the lady cooed.’
      • ‘‘Ah, good,’ the man cooed softly, his voice lowering, becoming more reassuring.’
      • ‘Being petless, I find it hard enough when people start cooing about their cats.’

noun

  • A soft murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.

    • ‘Next time you're out, pay attention to the sound of the doves; you should be able to easily identify the coos of different species.’
    • ‘The small, pigeon-like birds that feed on the ground are called mourning doves because of the sad sound of their coos.’
    • ‘In the eaves, doves' coos beat the intro over and over.’
    • ‘Deep within a nest cavity near the top of the tree, the pair's two chicks uttered hoarse coos, begging for food.’
    • ‘When I hear a soft coo, I look back and see him step out the window.’
    • ‘There is a dove who occasionally sits and coos mournfully on the roof, but I don't think he's fixed up.’
    • ‘When compared with the pre-playback period, significant differences were observed in flight numbers for AM coos and for flight latency in nonmodulated coos.’
    • ‘Deer run here, but nature was subdued - the soft coo of a pigeon, the tracks of a rabbit, the thinnest of the branches bent low and coated thick.’
    • ‘Dogs darted among the crowd with the children, their barks mingling with the yowls of cats in alleys and on rooftops and the coos and flutter of pigeons taking flight.’
    • ‘Wainwright isn't just a sweet songbird; she's the black dove with the weather-beaten coo and has the ability to howl like a seasoned blues singer.’
    • ‘It was a mellow sneeze from a nose at peace with itself, contented as the coo of a pigeon.’

Phrases

  • bill and coo

    • informal Exchange caresses or affectionate words; behave or talk in a very loving or sentimental way.

      • ‘The media arts are still young, but not so young, in my opinion, that we need to see more pieces which are catalogs of effects with nothing to say behind them, and then bill and coo over how wonderful they are.’
      • ‘Humans - girl and boy - can learn from the strategies of the male bird when looking for a mate with whom to bill and coo.’
      • ‘My own personal wife and I hardly ever bill and coo early in the morning any more.’
      • ‘In The Abdication, they bill and coo once again-this time with spiritual fervor.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

coo

/ko͞o/

Main definitions of coo in English

: coo1coo2

coo2

exclamation

British
informal
  • Used to express surprise.

    ‘“Coo, ain't it high!” Mary squeaked’

Origin

Early 20th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

coo

/ko͞o/

Main definitions of coo in English

: coo1coo2

COO

noun

  • A chief operations (or operating) officer, a senior executive responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of a company or other institution.

    • ‘All good CEOs and COOs excel at 10 core leadership competencies, but truly great executives outperform their peers in different ways.’
    • ‘He also spent almost a decade at Toys"R"Us Inc. as its COO.’
    • ‘Freer first joined Fox in 1997 and has served as president and before that COO of FOX Sports Networks.’
    • ‘The current COO of BBC Worldwide will be tasked with further establishing the business as a destination for content creators outside the U.S.’
    • ‘He took on the role of CFO in 2005 and also became COO in 2008.’
    • ‘For some time there had been rumors that he would be stepping down from his position as COO.’
    • ‘I was COO of a successful organic food company.’
    • ‘She became COO of the organization three years later and inherited the responsibility of managing several branches throughout the region.’
    • ‘I've been an administrative assistant for many Presidents, CFOs, and COOs.’
    • ‘He is a government affairs consultant, and a past president and COO of a banking software consulting firm.’

Pronunciation

COO

/ˌsēˌōˈō/