goo-goo

[goo-goo]

adjective Older Slang.

expressing adoration; foolishly amorous: They sat there making goo-goo eyes at each other.

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Word Origin and History for goo-goo eyes

goo-goo

adj.

"amorous," 1900, perhaps connected with goggle, because the earliest reference is in goo-goo eyes. The sense of "baby-talk" is from 1863. Use in reference to politics began 1890s, and seems to be a shortening of Good Government as a movement to clean up municipal corruption in Boston, New York, etc. It soon was extended to mean "naive political reformer."

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