- to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
- to seek to win: to woo fame.
- to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
- to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.
- to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court: He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
- to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.
Origin of woo
before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
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Examples from the Web for wooer
All were well-mannered, hard-working, and pretty, and yet none has had a wooer.The Crimson Fairy Book
She turned fiercely on her wooer, and her brown eyes flashed.Tales of the Malayan Coast
It was unfair to tie a girl with a promise when the wooer had only his rifle.A Virginia Scout
Perhaps you fancy there will be a wooer like Halfdan coming every day.Modern Icelandic Plays
Other copies show that it must be the father, and not the wooer.
- to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
- (tr) to seek after zealously or hopefullyto woo fame
- (tr) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
- (tr) to beg or importune (someone)
Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for wooer
Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with wooer
see pitch woo.
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