- (of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
- to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage: The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
- (of a substance) to exude moisture.
- (of something abstract, as information or courage) to appear or disappear slowly or imperceptibly (often followed by out or away): His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
- to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.
- to make by oozing.
- to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
- to display or dispense freely and conspicuously: He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.
- the act of oozing.
- something that oozes.
- an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.
Origin of ooze1
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Examples from the Web for oozing
Barbie has always been most reviled for her unattainable beauty and oozing sexuality.Happy Bday Barbie! You're Over
March 9, 2014
And Kendrick, oozing charm, turns a prolonged cameo into a very agreeable supporting turn.Anna Kendrick: Queen Bee of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
January 23, 2014
Patina Miller in Pippin is the polar opposite of a princess—hard-edged and icy, wearing black pants and boots, oozing power.Who’ll Win a 2013 Tony Award—and Who Deserves To
June 6, 2013
The volunteers, as usual, are an eclectic mix: mostly women, all ages, oozing enthusiasm.Obamas Deck the White House Halls
November 28, 2012
"Nothing could be opined about the oozing of blood from the nose mouth and ears," the report said.Perry Has a Point About the Marines Video vs. the Daniel Pearl Video
Asra Q. Nomani
January 19, 2012
His cheeks looked like two bladders from which the oil they contained was oozing out.My Double Life
A bloody sweat, oozing from every pore, crimsoned his bed-clothes.Henry IV, Makers of History
John S. C. Abbott
And that brought me back to his chin––back to that big, oozing cut.Once to Every Man
At length we halted at a small spring oozing from the soil of the field.Byeways in Palestine
The shot had struck him in the breast, and the life-blood was oozing away fast.Kilgorman
Talbot Baines Reed
- (intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
- to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
- (tr) to overflow withto ooze charm
- (intr often foll by away) to disappear or escape gradually
- a slow flowing or leaking
- an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
- a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
- a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
- muddy ground, esp of bogs
Word Origin and History for oozing
late 14c., wosen, verbal derivative of Old English noun wos "juice, sap," from Proto-Germanic *wosan (cf. Middle Low German wose "scum"), from same source as ooze (n.). Modern spelling from late 1500s. The Old English verb was wesan. Related: Oozed; oozing.
"soft mud," Old English wase "soft mud, mire," from Proto-Germanic *waison (cf. Old Saxon waso "wet ground, mire," Old Norse veisa "pond of stagnant water"), from PIE *weis- "to flow" (see virus). Modern spelling is mid-1500s.