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[woo] /wu/
verb (used with object)
1.
to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
Synonyms: court, pursue, chase.
2.
to seek to win:
to woo fame.
Synonyms: cultivate.
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.
verb (used without object)
5.
to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court:
He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
6.
to solicit favor or approval; entreat:
Further attempts to woo proved useless.
Origin
1050
before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
Related forms
wooer, noun
wooingly, adverb
unwooed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unwooed

woo

/wuː/
verb woos, wooing, wooed
1.
to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
2.
(transitive) to seek after zealously or hopefully: to woo fame
3.
(transitive) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
4.
(transitive) to beg or importune (someone)
Derived Forms
wooer, noun
wooing, noun
Word Origin
Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for unwooed

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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Slang definitions & phrases for unwooed

wonky 2

adjective

Tedious and serious, esp anxious and over-studious in an academic situation: ''Jenny Cavilleri,'' answered Ray. ''Wonky music type''/ a class which I have long dismissed as hopelessly wonky

[1970s+ Students; fr wonk]


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Idioms and Phrases with unwooed

woo

see: pitch woo
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