(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.
Other definitions for ooze (2 of 2)
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.
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How to use ooze in a sentence
Other bacteria can access this carbon by “eating” their hydrogen-powered neighbors or the carbon-rich ooze they produce.How Antarctic Bacteria Live on Air and Use Hydrogen as Fuel to Make Water | Pok Man Leung | November 19, 2021 | Singularity Hub
Houston’s DJ Screw changed the trajectory of rap by famously slowing records down, loosening the tempo until it melted into a beautiful ooze — so it makes sense that a fast remix does something like the opposite.Florida’s ‘fast’ rap remixes are speeding up another endless summer | Chris Richards | July 22, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
No, this is about which conservative leaders ooze a stereotypical, gut-level manliness.Squishes, Step Aside: Ted Cruz and Chris Christie’s Old-School Manliness | Michelle Cottle | May 13, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
There they vanish, their fine tones never to be tried more, and ooze through the red-hot ruin, "Hush-sh-sht!"History Of Friedrich II. of Prussia, Vol. VII. (of XXI.) | Thomas Carlyle
And now, for fear my courage will ooze out, I must tell you quickly.The Rose of Old St. Louis | Mary Dillon
He lifted a pseudopod from primordial ooze, and the pseudopod was him.The Status Civilization | Robert Sheckley
"They thought they could prick us like that, and let the life ooze out," said the doctor.Pharaoh's Broker | Ellsworth Douglass
Depend on it, the story will ooze out, you are so well known, and so much visited now.
British Dictionary definitions for ooze (1 of 2)
(intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
(tr) to overflow with: to 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
British Dictionary definitions for ooze (2 of 2)
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
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