Pronunciation Verb

woo (woos, present participle wooing; past and past participle wooed)

  1. (transitive) To endeavor to gain someone's support.
  2. (transitive) (often of a man) To try to persuade (someone) to be in an amorous relationship with
    • Each, like the Grecian artist, wooes / The image he himself has wrought.
    • 1593, [William Shakespeare], Venvs and Adonis, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], OCLC 837166078 ↗, [verse 17 ↗]; 2nd edition, London: Imprinted by Richard Field, […], 1594, OCLC 701755207 ↗, lines [97–100]:
      I haue beene wooed, as I intreat thee now, / Euen by the ſterne, and direfull God of warre, / VVhoſe sinewy#English|ſinowie necke in battel ne'er#English|nere did bow, / VVho conquers where he comes in euery jar#English|iarre; {{...}
  3. (transitive) To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
    • a. 1645, John Milton, “Il Penseroso”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely,  […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗, page 39 ↗:
      Thee Chauntreſs oft the Woods among, / I woo to hear thy eeven Song;
    • I woo the wind / That still delays his coming.
Synonyms Translations Interjection
  1. (slang) Expressing joy or mirth; woohoo, yahoo.
    "I got you a new cell phone." "Woo, that's great!"


  1. Alternative form of woo woo#English|woo woo


  1. Alternative form of woo woo#English|woo woo

Proper noun
  1. A Chinese surname

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