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[goo-ee] /ˈgu i/
adjective, gooier, gooiest.
like or covered with goo; sticky; viscid.
Informal. extremely sentimental or emotionally effusive.
Origin of gooey
1905-10, Americanism; goo + -ey1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Open a can of Maconochie and you find a gooey gob of grease, like rancid lard.

    A Yankee in the Trenches R. Derby Holmes
  • They wanted land—this gooey, slimy swamp they call 'farm land.'

    Letter of the Law Alan Edward Nourse
  • Really, ain't it the gooey mess of heart-throbs when you come right down to it?

    Somewhere in Red Gap Harry Leon Wilson
  • They're not very big, but they're all right inside—all gooey, you know.

    The Little City Of Hope F. Marion Crawford
  • She started to come unglued again but stopped the dissolving process just before the wet and gooey stage set in.

    Highways in Hiding George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for gooey


adjective (informal) gooier, gooiest
sticky, soft, and often sweet
oversweet and sentimental
Derived Forms
gooily, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for gooey

1893, American English slang, from goo + -y (2). The first element perhaps somehow imitative, or shortened from burgoo (1787) "thick porridge."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for gooey



Consisting of, covered with, or resembling goo: These passages seem affected and a bit gooey/ the story of Teresa Stratas, without gooey heaviness (1906+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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