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  1. cooee(Noun)

    A long, loud call used to attract attention when at a distance, mainly done in the Australian bush.

  2. cooee(Noun)

    A short distance; hailing distance.

  3. cooee(Verb)

    To make such a call.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cooee(noun)

    a peculiar whistling sound made by the Australian aborigenes as a call or signal

  2. Origin: [Of imitative origin.]


  1. Cooee

    Cooee! 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. It is also known as a call of help, which can blend in with different natural sounds in the bush. The word "cooee" originates from the Dharuk language of the original inhabitants of the Sydney area. It means "come here", and has now become widely used in Australia as a call over distances. It was known among white settlers in colonial times and Watkin Tench refers to the Aborigines of Sydney calling to each other in this way. One of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries hinges on the use of "cooee!". "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" is solved partly because, unlike everyone else, Holmes recognizes the call is commonly used among Australians. An expression "within cooee of" has developed. It means "within a manageable distance", and seems to be confined to New Zealand and Australian English, and is often used in the negative sense. The distance one's Cooee call travels can be a matter of competitive pride. Another example would be: "They realised they were lost and there was no-one wihin cooee". In the abstract

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cooee

    kōō′ē, Cooey, koo′i, n. the signal-call of the native Australians in the bush.—v.i. to make such.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cooee in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cooee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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