- 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
Related Words for wooersweetheart, companion, suitor, admirer, girlfriend, boyfriend, beau, paramour, lover, enthusiast, devotee, adherent, patron, partisan, believer, disciple, follower, fan, worshiper, booster
Examples from the Web for wooer
Historical Examples of wooer
All were well-mannered, hard-working, and pretty, and yet none has had a wooer.The Crimson Fairy Book
She turned fiercely on her wooer, and her brown eyes flashed.Tales of the Malayan Coast
It was unfair to tie a girl with a promise when the wooer had only his rifle.A Virginia Scout
Perhaps you fancy there will be a wooer like Halfdan coming every day.Modern Icelandic Plays
Other copies show that it must be the father, and not the wooer.
- 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 for woo
Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.
see pitch woo.