What does Cooee mean?
Cooee! (IPA /ku:’i:/) 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. The distance one’s cooee call travels can be a matter of competitive pride. 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.