coo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Pigeons in the Kadıköy district of Istanbul, Turkey. The sound made by these birds is usually described as a coo.

Etymology 1[edit]

Onomatopoeic; compare Dutch koeren.

Noun[edit]

coo (plural coos)

  1. The murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.
Translations[edit]

Verb[edit]

coo (third-person singular simple present coos, present participle cooing, simple past and past participle cooed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To make a soft murmuring sound, as a pigeon.
    • 2014 June 26, A. A Dowd, “Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together”, in The A.V. Club[1], archived from the original on 27 November 2017:
      As Norah Jones coos sweet nothings on the soundtrack, the happy couple—played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler—canoodle through a Manhattan montage, making pasta for two, swimming through a pile of autumn leaves, and horsing around at a fruit stand.
  2. (intransitive) To speak in an admiring fashion, to be enthusiastic about.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Clipping of cool; compare foo.

Adjective[edit]

coo (comparative more coo, superlative most coo)

  1. (slang) Cool.

Etymology 3[edit]

Imitative.[1]

Interjection[edit]

coo

  1. An expression of approval, fright, surprise, etc. [from early 20th c.]
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter VII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      I stood outside the door for a space, letting "I dare not" wait upon "I would", as Jeeves tells me cats do in adages, then turned the handle softly, pushed – also softly – and, carrying on into the interior, found myself confronted by a girl in housemaid's costume who put a hand to her throat like somebody in a play and leaped several inches in the direction of the ceiling. "Coo!" she said, having returned to terra firma and taken aboard a spot of breath. "You gave me a start, sir!" [] "If you cast an eye on him, you will see that he's asleep now." "Coo! So he is."
    • 1988 November, Sean Kelly, “Professional BMX Simulator [video game review]”, in Teresa Maughan, editor, Your Sinclair[2], number 35, London: Sportscene Specialist Press, ISSN 0269-6983, OCLC 877748737, archived from the original on 14 May 2016:
      The last track on each of the three sections is a professional course, where you can customise your bike by changing the tyres and the size of chainwheel. Coo!
    • 1989 November, “Competitions”, in Jim Douglas, editor, Sinclair User: The Independent Magazine for the Independent User[3], number 92, London: ECC Publications, ISSN 0262-5458, OCLC 225914690, archived from the original on 21 October 2013:
      We want you to come up with a side splitting caption for a picture drawn by the fair hand of those at System 3. If you turn out to be the Funniest "Person", we'll give you a big wopping model of a dinosaur. Coo.
    • 1990 April, “Crash Readers’ Awards Ceremony”, in Oliver Frey, editor, Crash: ZX Spectrum[4], number 75, [Ludlow, Shropshire]: Newsfield, ISSN 0954-8661, OCLC 500099432, archived from the original on 25 June 2017:
      Coo, I've only had four gallons of extra caffeine coffee today so I'm not my usual talking-to-PR-girlies-for-hours-on-end self. But bear with me a mo while I get myself together (audience waits for an age while he searches through his coat for the golden envelope). Here it is! Coo, and the winner is The NewZealand Story.

References[edit]

  1. ^ coo” (US) / “coo” (UK) in Oxford Dictionaries, Oxford University Press.

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Manx[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Irish (dog, hound), from Primitive Irish ᚉᚒᚅᚐ (cuna, genitive), from Proto-Celtic *kū, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱwṓ (dog).

Noun[edit]

coo m (genitive singular coo, plural coyin)

  1. dog
  2. hound
  3. cur
  4. wolf dog

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Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
coo choo goo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

References[edit]

  • 1 cú” in Dictionary of the Irish Language, Royal Irish Academy, 1913–76.

Portuguese[edit]

Verb[edit]

coo

  1. first-person singular present indicative of coar

Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English , from Proto-Germanic *kūz, from Proto-Indo-European *gʷṓws (cow).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

coo (plural kye or coos)

  1. cow

Usage notes[edit]

The regular collective plural form is kye (from Old English); the weak plural coos is used only after numerals.