woo woo

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. It has been suggested that "woo woo" is intended to imitate the eerie background music of sci-fi/horror films and television shows.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

woo woo (plural woo woos)

  1. (slang) A person readily accepting supernatural, paranormal, occult, or pseudoscientific phenomena, or emotion-based beliefs and explanations.
    That reporter is a bit of a woo woo.
  2. (slang) Those beliefs.
    He is really into all that woo woo.
    • Erikson Physocialsocial Stages
      Social work has gotten distinctly woo-woo lately. There's a lot of endorsement of quackery. I think that might be because the social work profession has attracted a lot of people who don't want to do science, or maybe because there is a big market for woo-woo stuff.
  3. An alcoholic cocktail consisting of peach schnapps, vodka and cranberry juice.
  4. (childish) the sound of a fire truck, ambulance, or police truck's siren.

Adjective[edit]

woo woo (comparative more woo woo, superlative most woo woo)

  1. (slang) Supernatural, unrealistic.
    He made a living out of woo woo beliefs.
  2. (slang) Describing a person readily accepting supernatural, paranormal, occult, or pseudoscientific phenomena, or emotion-based beliefs and explanations.
    Pert is a talented scientist who went woo woo many years ago for reasons I don’t have time to go into here.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://skeptico.blogs.com/skeptico/2005/04/what_the_bleep_.html