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verb (used with object)
  1. to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
  2. to seek to win: to woo fame.
  3. to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court: to woo one's own destruction.
  4. to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court: He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
  2. to solicit favor or approval; entreat: Further attempts to woo proved useless.
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Origin of woo

before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
Related formswoo·er, nounwoo·ing·ly, adverbun·wooed, adjective
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Related Words for wooer

sweetheart, 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

    Rounsevelle Wildman

  • It was unfair to tie a girl with a promise when the wooer had only his rifle.

    A Virginia Scout

    Hugh Pendexter

  • Perhaps you fancy there will be a wooer like Halfdan coming every day.

    Modern Icelandic Plays

    Jhann Sigurjnsson

  • Other copies show that it must be the father, and not the wooer.

British Dictionary definitions for wooer


verb woos, wooing or wooed
  1. to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
  2. (tr) to seek after zealously or hopefullyto woo fame
  3. (tr) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
  4. (tr) to beg or importune (someone)
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Derived Formswooer, nounwooing, noun

Word Origin for woo

Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for wooer



Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with wooer


see pitch woo.

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