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[woo]
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 woos

pursue, cultivate, solicit, rush, court, propose, beg, importune, entreat, spoon, caress, charm, address, date, spark, chase

Examples from the Web for woos

Contemporary Examples of woos

Historical Examples of woos

  • Olivia woos him as she has wooed Cesario, but with better fortune.

    William Shakespeare

    John Masefield

  • 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

    Charles Whibley

  • It wakens or warns, threatens or gladdens, and woos him back to slumberland.

    In Beaver World

    Enos Abijah Mills


British Dictionary definitions for woos

woo

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 woos

woo

v.

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 woos

woo

see pitch woo.

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