- (of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
- to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage: The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
- (of a substance) to exude moisture.
- (of something abstract, as information or courage) to appear or disappear slowly or imperceptibly (often followed by out or away): His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
- to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.
- to make by oozing.
- to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
- to display or dispense freely and conspicuously: He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.
- the act of oozing.
- something that oozes.
- an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.
Origin of ooze1
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- Geology. a calcareous or siliceous mud composed chiefly of the shells of one-celled organisms, covering parts of the ocean bottom.
- soft mud, or slime.
- a marsh or bog.
Origin of ooze2
Related Wordsgoo, silt, slime, muck, sludge, gunk, drain, seep, leak, dribble, percolate, trickle, exude, bleed, mire, fluid, mud, gook, glop, alluvium
Examples from the Web for ooze
Curiously, even the dark meat does not ooze rivers of juice when you bite it.Charlottesville Is Swimming in Finger Lickin’ Gas Station Fried Chicken
Jane & Michael Stern
May 26, 2014
He leans over the rail, his hand supporting his cheek, and gazes into the ooze.The Book of Khalid
Thus, day by day, he sank deeper into the ooze of a wrecked and wasted life.The Manxman
They were rising by hundreds from the ooze that cloaked the bottom of the ditch."Wee Tim'rous Beasties"
And now, for fear my courage will ooze out, I must tell you quickly.The Rose of Old St. Louis
My hands did not falter and the music seemed to ooze from my wrists.Old Fogy
- (intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
- to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
- (tr) to overflow withto ooze charm
- (intr often foll by away) to disappear or escape gradually
- a slow flowing or leaking
- an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
- a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
- a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
- muddy ground, esp of bogs
Word Origin and History for ooze
late 14c., wosen, verbal derivative of Old English noun wos "juice, sap," from Proto-Germanic *wosan (cf. Middle Low German wose "scum"), from same source as ooze (n.). Modern spelling from late 1500s. The Old English verb was wesan. Related: Oozed; oozing.
"soft mud," Old English wase "soft mud, mire," from Proto-Germanic *waison (cf. Old Saxon waso "wet ground, mire," Old Norse veisa "pond of stagnant water"), from PIE *weis- "to flow" (see virus). Modern spelling is mid-1500s.