Definition of tu-whit tu-whoo in US English:

tu-whit tu-whoo


  • A stylized representation of the cry of the tawny owl.

    • ‘The call of the Tawny Owl is the tu-whit tu-whoo immortalised by William Shakespeare.’
    • ‘Famously, the call tu-whit tu-whoo was immortalised by William Shakespeare in Act 5, Scene 2 of Love's Labour's Lost.’
    • ‘In English we have the word ‘owl’ and most of us know that an owl is one of those birds that flies about at night going tu-whit tu-whoo.’
    cry, call, screech, tu-whit tu-whoo
    cry, call, utter a hoot, screech, tu-whit tu-whoo
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Late 16th century: imitative.


tu-whit tu-whoo

/təˌ(h)wɪt təˈ(h)wu//təˌ(h)wit təˈ(h)wo͞o/