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woo

[woo] /wu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
Synonyms: court, pursue, chase.
2.
to seek to win:
to woo fame.
Synonyms: cultivate.
3.
to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court:
to woo one's own destruction.
4.
to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.
verb (used without object)
5.
to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court:
He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
6.
to solicit favor or approval; entreat:
Further attempts to woo proved useless.
Origin of woo
1050
before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
Related forms
wooer, noun
wooingly, adverb
unwooed, adjective
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  • Olivia woos him as she has wooed Cesario, but with better fortune.

    William Shakespeare John Masefield
  • He woos a beauty, and the chivalry of France shall witness his triumph.

    The Duke's Motto Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • She woos and is wooed and has no other inducement to bind herself than her own free will.

    British Socialism

    J. Ellis Barker
  • Yet he woos her with the same devotion which a lover shows to his mistress.

    American Sketches Charles Whibley
  • It wakens or warns, threatens or gladdens, and woos him back to slumberland.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills
  • It is not character but incident that woos us out of our reserve.

  • If the owl is a sober and wise bird he forgets all about it when he woos his mate.

  • He woos her, I swear he woos her, curses on his mother's grave!

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for woos

woo

/wuː/
verb woos, wooing, wooed
1.
to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
2.
(transitive) to seek after zealously or hopefully: to woo fame
3.
(transitive) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
4.
(transitive) to beg or importune (someone)
Derived Forms
wooer, noun
wooing, noun
Word Origin
Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for woos

woo

v.

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
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Slang definitions & phrases for woos

woo

Related Terms

pitch woo

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with woos

woo

see: pitch woo
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