Pronunciation Noun


  1. Tanning liquor, an aqueous extract of vegetable matter (tanbark, sumac, etc.) in a tanning vat used to tan leather.
  2. An oozing, gentle flowing, or seepage, as of water through sand or earth.
  3. (obsolete) Secretion, humour.
  4. (obsolete) Juice, sap.
  • French: liqueur de tannage
  • German: Gerbbrühe
  • Italian: concia, liquore di concia
  • Portuguese: licor de curtimenta
  • Spanish: licor de curtido

ooze (oozes, present participle oozing; past and past participle oozed)

  1. (intransitive) To be secreted or slowly leak.
    • 1988, David Drake, The Sea Hag, Baen Publishing Enterprises (2003), ISBN 0671654241, unnumbered page ↗:
      Pale slime oozed through all the surfaces; some of it dripped from the ceiling and burned Dennis as badly as the blazing sparks had done a moment before.
    • 1994, Madeleine May Kunin, Living a Political Life, Vintage Books (1995), ISBN 9780679740087, unnumbered page ↗:
      He was hard to understand because he spoke softly, and his Vermont accent was as thick as maple syrup oozing down a pile of pancakes.
    • 2011, Karen Mahoney, The Iron Witch, Flux (2011), ISBN 9780738725826, page 278 ↗:
      Her heart constricted when she saw thick blood oozing from a wide gash in his forehead.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To give off a strong sense of (something); to exude.
    • 1989, Robert R. McCammon, The Wolf's Hour, Open Road Integrated Media (2011), ISBN 9781453231548, unnumbered page ↗:
      "Good servants are so hard to find," Chesna said, oozing arrogance.
    • 1999, Tamsin Blanchard, Antonio Berardi: Sex and Sensibility, Watson-Guptill Publications (1999), ISBN 9780823012077, page 16 ↗:
      There are no two ways about it: a Berardi dress oozes sex appeal from its very seams.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: источа́ть

ooze (plural oozes)

  1. Soft mud, slime, or shells especially in the bed of a river or estuary.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene iii]:
      my son i' th' ooze is bedded.
  2. (oceanography) A pelagic marine sediment containing a significant amount of the microscopic remains of either calcareous or siliceous planktonic debris organisms.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter
      Seaweed were left on the blackened marble, while the salt ooze defaced the matchless works of art.
  3. A piece of soft, wet, pliable ground.

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