from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To utter the murmuring sound of a dove or pigeon or a sound resembling it.
- intransitive v. To talk fondly or amorously in murmurs: The visitors cooed over the newborn baby.
- transitive v. To express or utter with soft murmuring sounds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. cool
- n. The murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.
- v. To make a soft murmuring sound, as a pigeon.
- v. To speak in an admiring fashion, to be enthusiastic about.
- interj. Expression of fright, surprise, approval, etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To make a low repeated cry or sound, like the characteristic note of pigeons or doves.
- intransitive v. To show affection; to act in a loving way. See under Bill, v. i.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To utter a low, plaintive, murmuring sound (imitated by the sound of the word) characteristic of pigeons or doves.
- Hence To converse affectionately, like cooing doves; make love in murmuring endearments: commonly in the phrase to bill and coo. See bill, v. i.
- To utter by cooing.
- To call.
- n. The characteristic murmuring sound uttered by doves and pigeons.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the sound made by a pigeon
- v. cry softly, as of pigeons
- v. speak softly or lovingly
I don't b'Iieve he's anywhere within coo-ee of our place.
An interpretation might go like this: The a coo akab (mad one of the night, i.e. the screech owl) above the 13th heaven is perched upon the shoulders of Colel (another name for Ixchel).
Carl Kay, of Tokyo, wrote, “When a long-sullen baby suddenly expresses contentment in response to the exaggerated gestures of an adult, it is called a coo de théâtre.”
Elizabeth, with what the girl called a coo in her voice.
"I've been standing up there," he complained, "for three or four minutes calling coo-ee, and you never answered once!"
In a few days after, whilst at home, the king sent for me and said he wished me to live with him entirely, so, accordingly, I remained in his house, and he appointed me a Che-re-coo, that is a kind of body guard to the king.
Biography of Mahommah G. Baquaqua, a Native of Zoogoo, in the Interior of Africa. (A Convert to Christianity,) With a Description of That Part of the World; Including the Manners and Customs of the Inhabitants, Their Religious Notions, Form of Government, Laws, Appearance of the Country, Buildings, Agriculture, Manufactures, Shepherds and Herdsmen, Domestic Animals, Marriage Ceremonials, Funeral Services, Styles of Dress, Trade and Commerce, Modes of Warfare, System of Slavery, &c., &c. Mahommah's Early Life, His Education, His Capture and Slavery in Western Africa and Brazil, His Escape to the United States, from Thence to Hayti, (the City of Port Au Prince,) His Reception by the Baptist Missionary There, The Rev. W. L. Judd; His Conversion to Christianity, Baptism, and Return to This Country, His Views, Objects and Aim. Written and Revised from His Own Words, by Samuel Moore, Esq., Late Publisher of the "North of England Shipping Gazette," Author of Several Popular Works, and Editor of Sundry Reform Papers
Indeed, with the stressed last syllable of its voice, the bird might well have been termed the coo-bird to begin with, which eliminates the need for the postulated abbreviation, even for any association with the Old World bird.
But the study also identified texting-specific dialect: Southern Californians thumb "coo," for "cool," for example, while Northern Californians opt for "koo."
But kartoffel definitely wins, and I like cumin better but only if you say "coo" and not "cyu".
Touching fabrics as if they are newborn babies...gently, softly...waiting to hear one "coo" and call out to me that they are mine.