- 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 woos
He woos Alexandra, but he is rebuffed by her two older brothers, who distrust any man who has seen the world beyond Nebraska.American Dreams: ‘O Pioneers!’ by Willa Cather
February 27, 2013
He woos her with tales of his fraught relationship with Queen Isabella of Spain and his love of the open ocean.This Week's Hot Reads
The Daily Beast
September 16, 2009
Olivia woos him as she has wooed Cesario, but with better fortune.William Shakespeare
He woos a beauty, and the chivalry of France shall witness his triumph.The Duke's Motto
Justin Huntly McCarthy
She woos and is wooed and has no other inducement to bind herself than her own free will.British Socialism
J. Ellis Barker
Yet he woos her with the same devotion which a lover shows to his mistress.American Sketches
It wakens or warns, threatens or gladdens, and woos him back to slumberland.In Beaver World
Enos Abijah Mills
- 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 woos
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 woos
see pitch woo.