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verb (used with object)

to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
to seek to win: to woo fame.
to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.

verb (used without object)

to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court: He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.



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Origin of woo

First recorded before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian; ultimate origin uncertain


wooer, nounwoo·ing·ly, adverbun·wooed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for woo

/ (wuː) /

verb woos, wooing or wooed

to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
(tr) to seek after zealously or hopefullyto woo fame
(tr) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
(tr) to beg or importune (someone)

Derived forms of woo

wooer, nounwooing, noun

Word Origin for woo

Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Idioms and Phrases with woo


see pitch woo.

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