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[goo-goo] /ˈguˌgu/
adjective, Older Slang.
expressing adoration; foolishly amorous:
They sat there making goo-goo eyes at each other. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "I can stand it if you can," says I, and she tips me a goo-goo smile that was all to the candied violets.

    Shorty McCabe Sewell Ford
  • goo-goo seemed like an intimate friend, because of the writing-lessons.

    Nine Little Goslings

    Susan Coolidge
  • But a month after he got there, Mussolini started to pop his goo-goo eyes at Ethiopia.

    The Five Arrows

    Allan Chase
  • It is goo-goo eyes or "git" when he looks toward a pretty girl.

  • It makes curious devilish noises when not satisfied, and says "goo-goo" when it is.

  • I guess yeou kinder waked me up when you flung them goo-goo eyes at Frank.

    Frank Merriwell's Son Burt L. Standish
  • First they began sailin' by in groups of twos and threes and fours, all givin' me the goo-goo stare and snickerin'.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • I used to think our Broadway matinée fluffs was about the swiftest fascinators312 using the goo-goo tactics.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • The machine which exists is accepted in all its essentials: the "goo-goo" yearns for a somewhat smoother rotation.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
Word Origin and History for goo-goo

"amorous," 1900, perhaps connected with goggle, because the earliest reference is in goo-goo eyes. The sense of "baby-talk" is from 1863. Use in reference to politics began 1890s, and seems to be a shortening of Good Government as a movement to clean up municipal corruption in Boston, New York, etc. It soon was extended to mean "naive political reformer."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Infantile; cooing: talking goo-goo talk to her, like you would to a baby (1863+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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