noun Informal.

a thick or sticky substance: Wash that goo off your hands.
maudlin sentimentality.

Origin of goo

1910–15, Americanism; perhaps short for burgoo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for goo

muck, sludge, gunk, slush, crud, ooze, guck, gook, glop, yuck

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British Dictionary definitions for goo


noun informal

a sticky or viscous substance
coy or sentimental language or ideas

Word Origin for goo

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for goo

1903, American English, of obscure origin, probably a back-formation from gooey.

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