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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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Examples from the web for gooey
  • Not meaning sticky, but meaning gooey, as in viscous.
  • It is annoying when the gooey stuff drains out of the crusty exterior.
  • The gooey substance impairs these crucial functions.
  • Everyone wants a new tub of the gooey, yellow-green ointment.
  • The cafeteria here serves fresh fruit and veggies, low-fat or no-fat milk, no sodas or fried foods and no gooey desserts.
  • The grilled ciabatta was delicious and gooey, but the charred crusts of the bread detracted from pure enjoyment.
  • Biscuits arrive with a luxurious golden crust on the outside and a gooey, doughy center.
  • And while the reality isn't maybe as gooey as in the movies, it's still pretty nasty.
  • So if you're going to get gooey about something, that's not so bad.
  • Mealybugs damage the papaya plant by sucking its juices and excreting a clear, gooey substance called honeydew.
British Dictionary definitions for gooey


adjective (informal) gooier, gooiest
sticky, soft, and often sweet
oversweet and sentimental
Derived Forms
gooily, adverb
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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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