gooey

[ goo-ee ]
/ ˈgu i /

adjective, goo·i·er, goo·i·est.

like or covered with goo; sticky; viscid.
Informal. extremely sentimental or emotionally effusive.

Nearby words

  1. goody two shoes,
  2. goody two-shoes,
  3. goody-goody,
  4. goodyear,
  5. goodyear, charles,
  6. goof,
  7. goof on,
  8. goof up,
  9. goof-off,
  10. goof-up

Origin of gooey

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; goo + -ey1

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gooey


British Dictionary definitions for gooey

gooey

/ (ˈɡuːɪ) /

adjective gooier or gooiest informal

sticky, soft, and often sweet
oversweet and sentimental
Derived Formsgooily, adverb

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for gooey

gooey

adj.

1893, American English slang, from goo + -y (2). The first element perhaps somehow imitative, or shortened from burgoo (1787) "thick porridge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper