- 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.
- 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.
Origin of woo
Examples from the Web for woo
One Spinal Solutions sales representative said he suspected Williams was using perks to woo surgeons.Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’
The Center for Investigative Reporting
November 3, 2014
Democrats set out to woo a national network of extremely wealthy donors who could support the new breakneck fundraising pace.Time is Money: How to Fix Outrageous Political Spending
November 3, 2014
David, the consummate suitor, naturally pulled out all the stops to woo his lady love.Victoria and David Beckham Celebrate Their 15th Wedding Anniversary
July 3, 2014
Joni Ernst began as a compromise candidate, but attacked the EPA, Farm Bill, and more to woo conservatives.Sarah Palin's Hog-Castrating Clone May Cost GOP Iowa’s Senate Seat if She Wins Primary
June 3, 2014
Ten months ago, I described a similar silly swooning by Democrats eager to woo back Wall Street.The Republican Street Fight Over Transparency in Government
March 26, 2014
Death, which in any case awaits our friends, we woo to them by anticipations of demise.The Conquest of Fear
He had not come back to woo, but as the old friend, ambitious of helpfulness.The Bacillus of Beauty
If he were so entirely preoccupied with this creature, he would not woo me.A Comedy of Marriage and Other Tales
Guy De Maupassant
In vain they woo him with their beauteous eyes and breath of perfume.
I am to woo a man before he will pay me the homage of civility.Scaramouche
- 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)
Word Origin and History for woo
Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.
Idioms and Phrases with woo
see pitch woo.