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[ooz] /uz/
verb (used without object), oozed, oozing.
(of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage:
The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
(of a substance) to exude moisture.
(of something abstract, as information or courage) to appear or disappear slowly or imperceptibly (often followed by out or away):
His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
to display some characteristic or quality:
to ooze with piety.
verb (used with object), oozed, oozing.
to make by oozing.
to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
to display or dispense freely and conspicuously:
He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.
the act of oozing.
something that oozes.
an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.
before 1000; Middle English wos(e) (noun), wosen (v.), Old English wōs juice, moisture
10. slime, mud, muck, sludge. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for oozing
  • The silicone that is oozing out of people's skin is silicone and the patent of this chemical has been found.
  • His left hand was swollen and oozing pus, forcing him to limp on his three good limbs.
  • It takes a sip of the sweet liquid oozing from the leaf, brushing a leg against one tiny hair on its surface, then another.
  • Algae shifts back and forth, oozing up in jellylike fronds.
  • So foreign and local businesses alike should be oozing confidence.
  • Oil oozing out of rocks or dug out by hand was usually enough to meet the modest needs of those who lived nearby.
  • It seems that the shuttle program is slowly oozing down.
  • Most had wide swaths of flesh torn from their sides, which were oozing blood.
  • Others, emaciated or showing oozing lesions, curl up on the soiled floor of the latrines.
  • He has nothing to lose and should be oozing confidence.
British Dictionary definitions for oozing


(intransitive) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
(transitive) to overflow with: to ooze charm
(intransitive) often foll by away. to disappear or escape gradually
a slow flowing or leaking
an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
Word Origin
Old English wōs juice


a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
muddy ground, esp of bogs
Word Origin
Old English wāse mud; related to Old French wāse, Old Norse veisa
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Word Origin and History for oozing



late 14c., wosen, verbal derivative of Old English noun wos "juice, sap," from Proto-Germanic *wosan (cf. Middle Low German wose "scum"), from same source as ooze (n.). Modern spelling from late 1500s. The Old English verb was wesan. Related: Oozed; oozing.


"soft mud," Old English wase "soft mud, mire," from Proto-Germanic *waison (cf. Old Saxon waso "wet ground, mire," Old Norse veisa "pond of stagnant water"), from PIE *weis- "to flow" (see virus). Modern spelling is mid-1500s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for oozing



To move or walk slowly; glide or slide; saunter: I'd ooze across the street and into the bar (1940s+ Black)

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


pelagic (deep-sea) sediment of which at least 30 percent is composed of the skeletal remains of microscopic floating organisms. Oozes are basically deposits of soft mud on the ocean floor. They form on areas of the seafloor distant enough from land so that the slow but steady deposition of dead microorganisms from overlying waters is not obscured by sediments washed from the land. The oozes are subdivided first into calcareous oozes (containing skeletons made of calcium carbonate) and siliceous oozes (containing skeletons made of silica) and then are divided again according to the predominant skeleton type. Thus, the calcareous oozes include globigerina ooze, containing the shells of planktonic foraminifera, and pteropod ooze, made up chiefly of the shells of pelagic mollusks. The siliceous oozes include radiolarian ooze, comprising essentially brown clay with more than 30 percent of the skeletons of warm-water protozoa, and diatom ooze, containing the frustules (tiny shells) of diatoms. The siliceous oozes exist only where the rate of deposition of diatoms or radiolarians is greater than the rate at which their silica content is dissolved in the deep waters; thus the diatom oozes are confined to belts in the North Pacific and Antarctic, and the radiolarian oozes are found only under the eastern part of the North Pacific. Globigerina ooze is the most widespread of the oozes and occurs in both the Atlantic and Indian oceans. Pteropod ooze is found only in the mid-Atlantic.

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