Try Our Apps


Gobble up these 8 terms for eating


[woo] /wu/
verb (used with object)
to seek the favor, affection, or love of, especially with a view to marriage.
Synonyms: court, pursue, chase.
to seek to win:
to woo fame.
Synonyms: cultivate.
to invite (consequences, whether good or bad) by one's own action; court:
to woo one's own destruction.
to seek to persuade (a person, group, etc.), as to do something; solicit; importune.
verb (used without object)
to seek the affection or love of someone, usually a woman; court:
He was reminded of his youth when he went wooing.
to solicit favor or approval; entreat:
Further attempts to woo proved useless.
Origin of woo
before 1050; Middle English wowe, Old English wōgian
Related forms
wooer, noun
wooingly, adverb
unwooed, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for woo
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • But now a thousand little appealing reminiscences came back to woo and to persuade her.

  • A man may woo where he will, but maun wed where his weird is.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • Do not woo me in the only fashion in which I may not be won.

    The Letters of Cassiodorus Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
  • I came to America intending to win and woo some wealthy heiress.

    A Successful Shadow Harlan Page Halsey
  • When a father did allow his son to choose his own wife he very seldom allowed him to woo her.

    The Story of Nuremberg Cecil Headlam
British Dictionary definitions for woo


verb woos, wooing, wooed
to seek the affection, favour, or love of (a woman) with a view to marriage
(transitive) to seek after zealously or hopefully: to woo fame
(transitive) to bring upon oneself (good or evil results) by one's own action
(transitive) to beg or importune (someone)
Derived Forms
wooer, noun
wooing, noun
Word Origin
Old English wōgian, of obscure origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for woo

Old English wogian, of uncertain origin and with no known cognates; perhaps related to woh, wog- "bent, inclined," as with affection.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for woo

wonky 2


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]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source
Idioms and Phrases with woo


see: pitch woo
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for woo

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for woo