(Australia, informal, onomatopoeia) A long, loud call used to attract attention when at a distance, mainly done in the Australian bush.
(Australia, informal, with "within", also figuratively) A short distance; hailing distance.
(intransitive, Australia, informal) To make such a call.
(informal, chiefly Australia, UK) Used to attract someone's attention.
Cooee! I'm over here!
Origin of cooee
- From Dharug guuu-wi adopted into English by white settlers in Australia from 1790.