A coo is the low, sweet sound that a bird makes, especially a dove or pigeon. If a dove builds a nest outside your open window, you'll be able to hear its coos every morning.

There is a small, gray pigeon that's called a mourning dove because its coo is so sad sounding. When you hear a bird making this distinctive sound, you can also say that it coos — and if a person murmurs in a low, soft voice, you can say that she coos too. The word coo has been used since at least the late 1600s, and its origin is probably imitative, the word sounding very much like the sound it describes.

Definitions of coo
  1. noun
    the sound made by a pigeon
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    type of:
    the characteristic utterance of an animal
  2. verb
    cry softly, as of pigeons
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    type of:
    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  3. verb
    speak softly or lovingly
    “The mother who held her baby was cooing softly”
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    type of:
    speak softly or indistinctly
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