Cooey Coo"ey, Cooee Coo"ee, n. [Of imitative origin.] A peculiar cry uttered by the Australian aborigines as a call to attract attention, and also in common use among the Australian colonists. In the actual call the first syllable is much prolonged (k[=oo]"-) and the second ends in a shrill, staccato [=e]. To represent the sound itself the spelling {cooee} is generally used. [Written also {cooie}.]

{Within cooey}, within earshot. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

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  • Cooee — Cooee! (IPA /ku: i:/) is a shout used in Australia, usually in the Bush, to attract attention, find missing people, or indicate one s own location. When done correctly loudly and shrilly a call of cooee can carry over a considerable distance. The …   Wikipedia

  • cooee — /ˈkui / (say koohee), /kuˈi / (say kooh ee) noun 1. a prolonged clear call, the second syllable of which rises rapidly in pitch, used most frequently in the bush as a signal to attract attention: *A cooee from over toward the homestead roused him …   Australian English dictionary

  • Cooee — Cooey Coo ey, Cooee Coo ee, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Cooeyed} or {Cooeed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Cooeying} or {Cooeeing}.] To call out cooee. [Australia] I cooeyed and beckoned them to approach. E. Giles. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cooee — I UK [ˈkuːiː] / US [ˈkuɪ] interjection British a word used for attracting someone s attention Cooee! she shouted. It s me! II UK [ˈkuːiː] / US [ˈkuɪ] noun Australian within cooee …   English dictionary

  • cooee — n., int., & v. colloq. n. & int. a sound used to attract attention, esp. at a distance. v.intr. (cooees, cooeed, cooeeing) make this sound. Phrases and idioms: within cooee (or a cooee) of Austral. & NZ colloq. very near to. Etymology: imit. of a …   Useful english dictionary

  • cooee — /kooh ee/, n., v., cooeed, cooeeing. n. 1. a prolonged, shrill, clear call or cry used as a signal by Australian Aborigines and adopted by the settlers in the country. v.i. 2. to utter the call cooee. [1780 90; < Dharuk gu wi] * * * …   Universalium

  • cooee — 1. noun /ˈkuːiː/ A long, loud call used to attract attention when at a distance, mainly done in the Australian bush. 2. verb /ˈkuːiː/ To make such a call. 3. interjection /ˈkuːiː/ <!also used outside Australia Used to attract someones… …   Wiktionary

  • cooee — n. prolonged shout uttered by the Australian aborigines to attract attention v. call out or shout the call cooee …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cooee — informal exclamation used to attract attention. verb (cooees, cooeeing, cooeed) make such a call. Phrases within cooee Austral./NZ within reach. Origin C18: imitative of a signal used by Australian Aboriginals and copied by settlers …   English new terms dictionary

  • Cooee — call for greeting or finding someone at a distance in the bush; someone calling out so that the voice will travel over a distance …   Dictionary of Australian slang

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