AskDefine | Define woo

The Collaborative Dictionary

Woo \Woo\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wooed; p. pr. & vb. n. Wooing.] [OE. wowen, wo?en, AS. w?gian, fr. w?h bent, crooked, bad; akin to OS. w[=a]h evil, Goth. unwahs blameless, Skr. va?c to waver, and perhaps to E. vaccilate.] [1913 Webster]
To solicit in love; to court. [1913 Webster] Each, like the Grecian artist, wooes The image he himself has wrought. --Prior. [1913 Webster]
To court solicitously; to invite with importunity. [1913 Webster] Thee, chantress, oft the woods among I woo, to hear thy even song. --Milton. [1913 Webster] I woo the wind That still delays his coming. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]
Woo \Woo\, v. i. To court; to make love. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Word Net



1 seek someone's favor; "China is wooing Russia" [syn: court]
2 make amorous advances towards; "John is courting Mary" [syn: court, romance, solicit]

Moby Thesaurus

address, allure, angle for, bait, bait the hook, beau, bid for, bill and coo, blandish, cajole, canvass, chase, coax, court, decoy, draw, draw in, draw on, ensnare, entice, esquire, fish for, flirt, flirt with, follow, give the come-on, inveigle, lay siege to, lead on, look for, lure, make suit to, make up to, offer bait to, pay attention to, pay court to, pop the question, pursue, rope in, seduce, seek, serenade, solicit, spark, squire, suck in, sue, sue for, swain, sweetheart
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  • , /wuː/, /wu:/
  • Rhymes with: -uː


  1. To endeavor to gain someone's affection.


to endeavor to gain someone's affection


Derived terms

Woo is a verb meaning to seek out or solicit (usually) the affections of someone (see courtship). It is also a slang term used to voice a certain amount of excitement.
It may also mean:
Woo may be the romanization of any of several Asian names:
  • Hu
  • Wu (鄔)
  • U, a Korean surname (우)
Woo may also refer to:
woo in Italian: WOO
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