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[goo-ee] /ˈgu i/
adjective, gooier, gooiest.
like or covered with goo; sticky; viscid.
Informal. extremely sentimental or emotionally effusive.
Origin of gooey
An Americanism dating back to 1905-10; goo + -ey1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • They wanted land—this gooey, slimy swamp they call 'farm land.'

    Letter of the Law Alan Edward Nourse
  • They're not very big, but they're all right inside—all gooey, you know.

    The Little City Of Hope F. Marion Crawford
  • Not a pillow either, for it was all soft and gooey, and he was sinking into the soft, white stuff deeper and deeper every second!

  • The sainted old towel, the tainted old towel, The gooey old towel that hung on the wall.

    A line-o'-verse or two Bert Leston Taylor
  • The words, stated Mr. Blumenthal, were gooey enough to hurt, and the tune reminded him of every other song-hit he had ever heard.

    Indiscretions of Archie P. G. Wodehouse
British Dictionary definitions for gooey


adjective (informal) gooier, gooiest
sticky, soft, and often sweet
oversweet and sentimental
Derived Forms
gooily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gooey

1893, American English slang, from goo + -y (2). The first element perhaps somehow imitative, or shortened from burgoo (1787) "thick porridge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gooey



Consisting of, covered with, or resembling goo: These passages seem affected and a bit gooey/ the story of Teresa Stratas, without gooey heaviness (1906+)

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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