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noun Informal.
  1. a thick or sticky substance: Wash that goo off your hands.
  2. maudlin sentimentality.
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Origin of goo

1910–15, Americanism; perhaps short for burgoo
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Related Words for goos

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

Examples from the Web for goos

Historical Examples of goos

  • Lydgate copies this line in his Hors, Shepe, and Goos, l. 155.

    Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems

    Geoffrey Chaucer

  • “That fare to be my train,” I says to myself, and drinks my beer as quick as I can and goos acrost to the station again.

    A Floating Home

    Cyril Ionides

  • A babyish voice babbled merrily, but the sounds were all "goos" and "ahs" without any resemblance to words.

  • So Gg.; rest The goos, the duk, and the cukkowe also (wrongly; see next line).

British Dictionary definitions for goos


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