woo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: wo͞o, IPA(key): /wuː/
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  • Rhymes: -uː

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English wowen, woȝen, from Old English wōgian (to woo, court, marry), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots wow (to woo). Perhaps related to Old English wōg, wōh (bending, crookedness), in the specific sense of "bend or incline (some)one toward oneself". If so, then derived from Proto-Germanic *wanhō (a bend, angle), from Proto-Indo-European *wonk- (crooked, bent), from Proto-Indo-European *wā- (to bend, twist, turn); related to Old Norse (corner, angle).

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woo (third-person singular simple present woos, present participle wooing, simple past and past participle wooed)

  1. (transitive) To endeavor to gain someone's support.
  2. (transitive) (often of a man) To try to persuade someone to marry oneself; to solicit in love.
    • (Can we date this quote by Prior and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Each, like the Grecian artist, wooes / The image he himself has wrought.
    • 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venvs and Adonis, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, [], OCLC 837166078, [verse 17]; 2nd edition, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, [], 1594, OCLC 701755207, lines [97–100]:
      I haue beene wooed, as I intreat thee now, / Euen by the ſterne, and direfull God of warre, / VVhoſe ſinowie necke in battel nere did bow, / VVho conquers where he comes in euery iarre; []
  3. (transitive) To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
    • (Can we date this quote by Milton and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      Thee, chantress, oft the woods among / I woo, to hear thy even song.
    • (Can we date this quote by Bryant and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      I woo the wind / That still delays his coming.
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Interjection[edit]

woo

  1. (slang) Expressing joy or mirth; woohoo, yahoo.
    "I got you a new cell phone." "Woo, that's great!"

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woo (comparative more woo, superlative most woo)

  1. Alternative form of woo woo

Noun[edit]

woo

  1. Alternative form of woo woo

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English , , from Proto-Germanic *wai, from Proto-Indo-European *wai.

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woo (plural woos)

  1. woe, torment, anguish

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  • English: woe
  • Scots: wa, wae