woo

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: wo͞o, IPA(key): /wuː/
  • (file)
  • 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 be in an amorous relationship with
  3. (transitive) To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
    • a. 1645, John Milton, “Il Penseroso”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, [], London: [] Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Mosely, [], published 1645, OCLC 606951673, page 39:
      Thee Chauntreſs oft the Woods among, / I woo to hear thy eeven Song;
    • a. 1850, William Cullen Bryant, Summer Wind
      I woo the wind / That still delays his coming.
    • 1962 April, “Death from Natural Causes?”, in Modern Railways, page 218:
      It will be a tragedy if further enterprises of this kind—for example, the one proposed between South Wales, Bristol and the South Coast via Salisbury—are now deferred until they, too, are realised too late to make an impact on a public that is too firmly wedded to the roads to be wooed back to the trains.
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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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Adjective[edit]

woo (comparative more woo, superlative most woo)

  1. Alternative form of woo woo

Noun[edit]

woo

  1. Alternative form of woo woo
    • 2020 February 13, LinuxGal, “Atheists claim a 'thing' happened.”, in alt.atheism, Usenet[1], message-ID <alpine.DEB.2.21.2002150505580.3311@teresita-Latitude-D630>:
      Physics hasn't been "looking" at it, certain men who embrace the Copenhagen Interpretation rather than Many Worlds or the Pilot Wave angles are resorting to woo.

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Afar[edit]

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wóo

  1. that, those (masculine)

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References[edit]

Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie)[2], Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis)


Middle English[edit]

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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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Descendants[edit]

  • English: woe
  • Scots: wa, wae