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oozy1

[oo-zee]
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adjective, ooz·i·er, ooz·i·est.
  1. exuding moisture.
  2. damp with moisture.
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Origin of oozy1

First recorded in 1705–15; ooze1 + -y1
Related formsooz·i·ness, noun

oozy2

[oo-zee]
adjective, ooz·i·er, ooz·i·est.
  1. of or like ooze, soft mud, or slime.
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Origin of oozy2

First recorded in 1350–1400, oozy is from the Middle English word wosi. See ooze2, -y1
Related formsooz·i·ly, adverbooz·i·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for oozy

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  • He rose to his feet, sinking almost to the top of his boots in the oozy slime.

    Mistress Wilding

    Rafael Sabatini

  • The base of it lay in a definite hollow, reed-grown and oozy.

  • Again and again he struggled furiously to escape from the oozy quagmire.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • But it is here, by this oozy margin, that they find the clay to frame their dwellings.

    In the West Country

    Francis A. Knight

  • When it was almost as deep as his boot tops he got stuck in the oozy, mucky mud.

    My Father's Dragon

    Ruth Stiles Gannett


British Dictionary definitions for oozy

oozy1

adjective oozier or ooziest
  1. moist or dripping
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oozy2

adjective oozier or ooziest
  1. of, resembling, or containing mud; slimy
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Derived Formsoozily, adverbooziness, noun
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Word Origin and History for oozy

adj.

Old English wosig "juicy, moist" (see ooze (v.)). Related: Ooziness.

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