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[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
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Examples from the web for wooed
  • Sometimes senior professors volunteer, or they're drafted for the job or wooed with small financial incentives.
  • She wooed foreign investors and won relief from the country's debts.
  • Bauxite companies are investing again, wooed by high prices.
  • He wooed her ardently, they were soon married and she quickly bore him two daughters.
  • Salespeople wooed big customers over dinner, explaining what keywords meant and what the prices were.
  • He depended on the people who sold subscriptions to the paper and wooed advertisers into buying ads.
  • My past experience has taught me that teachers are neither wooed by rhetoric nor persuaded by pontification.
  • Alumnae of our program may be difficult to retain as they are wooed by other education and non-education opportunities.
British Dictionary definitions for wooed


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
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Word Origin and History for wooed



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 wooed

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]

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Idioms and Phrases with wooed


see: pitch woo
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