- 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 wooed
Even as Hispanics favored Democrats this week, some Republicans wooed them ardently and made surprising inroads.How Democrats Can Recover
November 9, 2014
Bonifacio was standing by a van with the man who had wooed her and promised her a wonderful new life in America.Somaly Mam, This Is What a Real Trafficking Victim Says
May 31, 2014
Millennials all want to stand with Rand: the Kentucky Republican wooed the younger crowd at CPAC.CPAC Younger Voters: Rand Paul Is So Hot Right Now
March 14, 2013
The center that Yachimovich wooed so mightily, and at the cost of alienating long-time leftists, went to Lapid.The Knesset's New Faces
January 23, 2013
Jagger wooed her back, but the next summer she left him for good.Speed Read: 11 Juiciest Bits From Philip Norman’s Biography of Mick Jagger
The Daily Beast
October 1, 2012
Then came Joshua Bute of Chicago, and when wooed she accepted and married him.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
You had wooed and slighted me, yet you had made me love you, and if you were not for me I swore you should be for no other.
You had learnt who I was, and you thought that you had learnt why I wooed you.
Was it disgraceful that she had wooed and not waited to be won?The Manxman
He loved her, he wooed and won her, and at last he married her, but secretly.Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer
Cyrus Townsend Brady
- 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 wooed
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 wooed
see pitch woo.