verb (used without object), oozed, ooz·ing.

verb (used with object), oozed, ooz·ing.


Origin of ooze

before 1000; Middle English wos(e) (noun), wosen (v.), Old English wōs juice, moisture

Synonyms for ooze

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Contemporary Examples of oozing

Historical Examples of oozing

  • His cheeks looked like two bladders from which the oil they contained was oozing out.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • A bloody sweat, oozing from every pore, crimsoned his bed-clothes.

  • And that brought me back to his chin––back to that big, oozing cut.

  • At length we halted at a small spring oozing from the soil of the field.

  • The shot had struck him in the breast, and the life-blood was oozing away fast.


    Talbot Baines Reed

British Dictionary definitions for oozing




(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

Word Origin for ooze

Old English wōs juice




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 for ooze

Old English wāse mud; related to Old French wāse, Old Norse veisa
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Word Origin and History for oozing



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.

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