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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.


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.


interj. (alternative spelling of cooee English) vb. (alternative spelling of cooee English)

Usage examples of "cooey".

And I mind how weary teamsters struggled on while it was light, Just to camp within a cooey of the Shanty for the night.