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Etymology 1[edit]


ooze ‎(plural oozes)

  1. Potion of vegetable matter used for leather tanning.
  2. Secretion, humour.
  3. A thick often unpleasant liquid; muck.
  4. A pelagic marine sediment containing a significant amount of the microscopic remains of either calcareous or siliceous planktonic debris organisms.


ooze ‎(third-person singular simple present oozes, present participle oozing, simple past and past participle oozed)

  1. (intransitive) To be secreted or slowly leak.
    • 1988, David Drake, The Sea Hag, Baen Publishing Enterprises (2003), ISBN 0671654241, unnumbered page:
      Pale slime oozed through all the surfaces; some of it dripped from the ceiling and burned Dennis as badly as the blazing sparks had done a moment before.
    • 1994, Madeleine May Kunin, Living a Political Life, Vintage Books (1995), ISBN 9780679740087, unnumbered page:
      He was hard to understand because he spoke softly, and his Vermont accent was as thick as maple syrup oozing down a pile of pancakes.
    • 2011, Karen Mahoney, The Iron Witch, Flux (2011), ISBN 9780738725826, page 278:
      Her heart constricted when she saw thick blood oozing from a wide gash in his forehead.
  2. (intransitive, figuratively) To give off a sense of (something).
    • 1989, Robert R. McCammon, The Wolf's Hour, Open Road Integrated Media (2011), ISBN 9781453231548, unnumbered page:
      "Good servants are so hard to find," Chesna said, oozing arrogance.
    • 1999, Tamsin Blanchard, Antonio Berardi: Sex and Sensibility, Watson-Guptill Publications (1999), ISBN 9780823012077, page 16:
      There are no two ways about it: a Berardi dress oozes sex appeal from its very seams.
    • 2012 April 21, Jonathan Jurejko, “Newcastle 3-0 Stoke”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Newcastle had failed to penetrate a typically organised Stoke backline in the opening stages but, once Cabaye and then Cisse breached their defence, Newcastle oozed confidence and controlled the game with a swagger expected of a top-four team.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Middle English wose, from Old English wāse 'mud, mire', from Proto-Germanic *waisǭ (compare Dutch waas 'turf, sod', German Wasen, Old Norse veisa 'slime, stagnant pool'), from Proto-Indo-European *weis- 'to flow' (compare Sanskrit विष्यति ‎(viṣyati, flow, let loose). More at virus.


ooze ‎(plural oozes)

  1. Soft mud, slime, or shells on the bottom of a body of water.
    • Shakespeare
      My son i' the ooze is bedded.
  2. A piece of soft, wet, pliable turf.
  3. The liquor of a tanning vat.