- 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 wooing
Going northward would antagonize Iraqi Sunnis, whom Washington and Baghdad are currently wooing.There’s Only One Way to Beat ISIS: Work With Assad and Iran
Leslie H. Gelb
October 18, 2014
But it was his younger brother Maurice who did the important work of wooing and schmoozing the clients.Charles Saatchi: From Saatchi & Saatchi to Allegedly Choking Nigella Lawson
June 18, 2013
To compete with Netanyahu, Labor's calling for a "big-tent" party and is wooing former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni.Bread And Butter Take Center Stage
October 31, 2012
Wooing insurgents to strike a peace deal is undoubtedly a daunting challenge.Avoiding Another Afghan Civil War
October 22, 2012
The Sun: Prince Harry is ‘wooing’ pretty actress Gabriella Wilde but she is nervous about becoming a ‘royal girlfriend,’ pals say.Royal Round-Up From The UK
July 8, 2012
The wooing on Shakespeare's side was nothing but pastime, though it led to marriage.
It is all concerned with the wooing of young Adonis by Venus, an older woman.
The letter was most courteous, most complimentary, most wooing.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
And yet, on my first wooing her, I had to listen to a 'No' of the most determined character.Freeland
One summer there came a wooing of Effie a most excellent gentleman.
- 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 wooing
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 wooing
see pitch woo.