Origin of goo

1910–15, Americanism; perhaps short for burgoo Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for goos

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

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British Dictionary definitions for goos


noun informal
  1. a sticky or viscous substance
  2. coy or sentimental language or ideas

Word Origin for goo

C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for goos



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

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