adjective, goo·i·er, goo·i·est.

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

Origin of gooey

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; goo + -ey1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for gooey

viscous, soft, adhesive, tacky, glutinous, mucilaginous, gluey

Examples from the Web for gooey

Contemporary Examples of gooey

Historical Examples of gooey

  • They wanted land—this gooey, slimy swamp they call 'farm land.'

    Letter of the Law

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • They're not very big, but they're all right inside—all gooey, you know.

    The Little City Of Hope

    F. Marion Crawford

  • Not a pillow either, for it was all soft and gooey, and he was sinking into the soft, white stuff deeper and deeper every second!

  • The sainted old towel, the tainted old towel, The gooey old towel that hung on the wall.

    A line-o'-verse or two

    Bert Leston Taylor

  • The words, stated Mr. Blumenthal, were gooey enough to hurt, and the tune reminded him of every other song-hit he had ever heard.

British Dictionary definitions for gooey


adjective gooier or gooiest informal

sticky, soft, and often sweet
oversweet and sentimental
Derived Formsgooily, adverb
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Word Origin and History for gooey

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