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goo

[goo] /gu/
noun, Informal.
1.
a thick or sticky substance:
Wash that goo off your hands.
2.
maudlin sentimentality.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15, Americanism; perhaps short for burgoo
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British Dictionary definitions for goo

goo

/ɡuː/
noun (informal)
1.
a sticky or viscous substance
2.
coy or sentimental language or ideas
Word Origin
C20: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for goo
n.

1903, American English, of obscure origin, probably a back-formation from gooey.

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Slang definitions & phrases for goo

goo

noun
  1. Any sticky and viscous substance; glop, gunk: fell in the goo rounding third/ a layer of goo on the skin (1903+)
  2. Sentimentality; maudlin rubbish; glop, schmaltz (1922+)
  3. Fulsome flattery; overly affectionate greetings: They ladle out the old goo

[perhaps sound symbolism, influenced by glue; perhaps fr bur-goo, ''oatmeal porridge'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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