[ ooz ]
/ uz /

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

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


Words nearby ooze

Origin of ooze

before 1000; Middle English wos(e) (noun), wosen (v.), Old English wōs juice, moisture
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British Dictionary definitions for oozing (1 of 2)

/ (uːz) /


(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

British Dictionary definitions for oozing (2 of 2)

/ (uːz) /


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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