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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Australian colloquial shortening of kangaroo, attested from 1904.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (context UK dialectal or obsolete English) peace; quietness. 2 (context UK dialectal English) rest; stillness. Etymology 2

abbr. Quintana Roo, a state of Mexico. n. Short form of '''kangaroo'''.


Roo is a fictional character created in 1926 by A. A. Milne and first featured in the book Winnie–the–Pooh. He is a young kangaroo (known as a joey) and his mother is Kanga. Like most other Pooh characters, Roo is based on a stuffed toy animal that belonged to Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne, though stuffed Roo was lost a long time ago.

Roo participates in the adventures of a teddy bear called Winnie–the–Pooh and his friends Piglet, a small toy pig; Eeyore, a toy donkey; Owl, a live owl; Rabbit, a live rabbit; and Christopher Robin, a human boy. Roo is introduced in the chapter entitled "In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest and Piglet has a Bath." Roo's friend Tigger does not appear until the sequel, The House at Pooh Corner. The character Roo would subsequently appear in various cartoons and other adaptations.

Roo (disambiguation)

Roo is a fictional character in the Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

Roo or ROO may also refer to:

Usage examples of "roo".

He had lost all fear years before, and it would take something a great deal more frightening than a pumped-up town bully to make Roo Avery know it again.

Roo knew that even if he hated the girl, he would marry her to make up for the wrong he had caused.

In the murk of the unlit Room the child was little more than a featureless, blanket-wrapped lump, and Roo could barely make out the little bump of her nose.

Roone and Mollander remained pink-necked novices, but Roone was very young and Mollander preferred drinking to reading.

Oscar Roone was a lanky man of sixty with bushy eyebrows and a perpetual scowl on his weathered face.

The rest of the tenants were investment firms, lawyers, accountants, and, on the top story, Roone Lehmann, Ph.

The young nobleman in question, whose handsome features and prematurely-wasted frame bore the impress of cynicism and debauchery, was Lord Roos, then recently entrapped into marriage with the daughter of Sir Thomas Lake, Secretary of State: a marriage productive of the usual consequences of such imprudent arrangementsneglect on the one side, unhappiness on the other.

Lord Roos and his noble friends to turn the tables on the two extortioners.

Though generally governed by his wife, Sir Thomas succeeded, in this instance, in over-ruling her design of proceeding at once to extremities with the guilty pair, recommending that, in the first instance, Lord Roos should be strongly remonstrated with by Lady Lake and her daughter, when perhaps his fears might be aroused, if his sense of duty could not be awakened.

Lady Roos and her husband, at which, with many passionate entreaties, she had implored him to shake off the thraldom in which he had bound himself, and to return to her, when all should be forgiven and forgotten,but without effect.

Meanwhile, Lord Roos had taken advantage of the brief halt of the hunting party to approach the Countess of Exeter, and pointing out Gillian to her, inquired in a low tone, and in a few words, to which, however, his looks imparted significance, whether she would take the pretty damsel into her service as tire-woman or handmaiden.

And with another gracious smile, she rejoined the cavalcade, leaving Lord Roos behind.

Satisfied with what he had heard, Lord Roos moved away, nodding approval at Gillian.

He whom she looked upon was Lord Roos, and the chamber she had just entered was the one assigned to the young nobleman in the Palace of Theobalds.

Startled by her voice, Lord Roos instantly turned, and regarded her with haggard looks.