goo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

American English, known since 1903, probably from burgoo (thick porridge) (1787), possibly an alteration of glue.

Noun[edit]

goo (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, informal) Any semi-solid or liquid substance; especially one that is sticky, gummy or slippery; frequently of vague or unknown composition, or a bodily fluid.
    I stepped in some goo and had a terrible time getting the sticky stuff off my shoes.
  2. Excessive, showy sentimentality
    When dad couldn't stand the goo anymore, he stopped Tommy's tearful goodbye from the Swedish au-pair Matts, firmly smacking the boys' pants and grumbling "Now stop the goo or I'll give each of you a reason to cry!"
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Verb[edit]

goo (third-person singular simple present goos, present participle gooing, simple past and past participle gooed)

  1. (transitive) To apply goo to something.
    They gooed their hair with some fragrant styling product.

Etymology 2[edit]

(onomatopoeia)

Noun[edit]

goo (plural goos)

  1. An example of baby talk.
    The infant's goos and gahs were endearing.

Verb[edit]

goo (third-person singular simple present goos, present participle gooing, simple past and past participle gooed)

  1. (intransitive) To produce baby talk.
    The baby gooed while daddy made sappy faces at it.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • goo” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Germanic, of uncertain origin

Noun[edit]

goo ? (??? please provide the plural!, ??? please provide the diminutive!)

  1. An alternative form of gouw 'region'

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Esperanto[edit]

Noun[edit]

goo (accusative singular goon, plural gooj, accusative plural goojn)

  1. The board game go

Manx[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old Irish guth (voice, sound, word, vowel).

Noun[edit]

goo m (genitive goo, plural googhyn)

  1. voice
  2. word, reputation

Mutation[edit]

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
goo ghoo ngoo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

goo m

  1. eclipsed form of coo
Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
coo choo goo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

See gon.

Verb[edit]

goo

  1. go

References[edit]

p. 1, Arthur; A Short Sketch of his Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century, Frederick Furnivall ed. EETS. Trübner & Co.: London. 1864.