What does woo mean?

Definitions for woo

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word woo.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. woo, courtverb

    seek someone's favor

    "China is wooing Russia"

  2. woo, court, romance, solicitverb

    make amorous advances towards

    "John is courting Mary"


  1. wooverb

    To endeavor to gain someone's affection.

  2. woointerjection

    Expressing joy or mirth; woohoo, yahoo.

    "I got you a new cell phone." "Woo, that's great!"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Wooverb

    To court; to sue to for love.

    Etymology: awogod , courted, Saxon.

    We cannot fight for love, as men may do;
    We should be woo’d, and were not made to woo. William Shakespeare.

    Some lay in dead mens skulls; and in those holes
    Where eyes did once inhabit, there were crept,
    As ’twere in scorn of eyes, reflecting gems;
    That woo’d to the slimy bottom of the deep.
    And mock’d the dead bones that lay scatter’d by. William Shakespeare.

    Fancies and notions he pursues,
    Which ne’er had being but in thought:
    Each like the Grecian artist woos
    The image he himself has wrought. Matthew Prior.

    My proud rival woos
    Another partner to his throne and bed. Ambrose Philips, Distrest Mother.

    Oh, stretch thy reign, fair peace! from shore to shore,
    Till conquest cease, and slav’ry be no more;
    Till the freed Indians in their native groves
    Reap their own fruits, and woo their fable loves. Alexander Pope.

    Yet can she love a foreign emperor,
    Whom of great worth and pow’r she hears to be;
    If she be woo’d but by ambassador,
    Or but his letters or his pictures see:
    So while the virgin soul on earth doth stay,
    She woo’d and tempted is ten thousand ways
    By these great pow’rs, which on the earth bear sway,
    The wisdom of the world, wealth, pleasure, praise. Davies.

    Sweet bird that shun’st the noise of folly,
    Most musical, most melancholy!
    Thee, chauntress oft the woods among,
    I woo to hear thy even-song. John Milton.

  2. To Wooverb

    To court; to make love.

    With pomp, and trains, and in a crowd they woo,
    When true felicity is but in two. Dryden.


  1. woo

    Woo can refer to the act of trying to win someone over or persuade them, often through charm, flattery, or other appealing tactics. It is typically used in the context of romantic relationships, where a person may engage in wooing to attract or court someone they are interested in. Woo can also be used more broadly to describe the pursuit of admiration or favor from others, such as in business or social situations.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wooverb

    to solicit in love; to court

  2. Wooverb

    to court solicitously; to invite with importunity

  3. Wooverb

    to court; to make love

  4. Etymology: [OE. wowen, woen, AS. wgian, fr. wh bent, crooked, bad; akin to OS. wh evil, Goth. unwahs blameless, Skr. vac to waver, and perhaps to E. vaccilate.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Woo

    wōō, v.t. to ask in order to marriage: to court: to solicit eagerly, to seek.—v.i. to court or make love: to ask.—ns. Woo′er; Woo′ing. [A.S. wógian, to woo—wóg, wóh, bent.]

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  1. WOO

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WOO

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Woo is ranked #2775 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Woo surname appeared 13,003 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Woo.

    86.8% or 11,294 total occurrences were Asian.
    4.8% or 625 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.6% or 605 total occurrences were White.
    3.1% or 411 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 57 total occurrences were Black.
    0% or 10 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of woo in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of woo in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of woo in a Sentence

  1. Jean Lee:

    I think he really wants to change his culture, but I think he is forced to be in this position, because every time I go over there he has changed so much for the people, and people don’t see that. as a young man in his mid-30s, Kim Jong Un must woo the next generation if he’s to rule for decades to come.

  2. Alan German:

    I like the way she's balancing out things when she openly contradicts blatantly ridiculous stuff that comes out of the administration, she's playing both side of the field. On the one hand she's got the Duterte supporters, obviously because of her last name and who she is, and on the other hand, she's trying to woo these sway guys who think 'it won't be so bad if it's Sara'.

  3. Anonymous:

    Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid sideways, chocolate in one hand, wine in the other, body thoroughly used up,totally worn out and screaming "Woo Hoo" what a ride!

  4. Neighbor Carey Smith:

    All of a sudden, here come the shirt up, she started flashing and, 'Woo hoo,' and I said, 'And what respect is that for kids?' There was none. And then she turned around and dropped her pants.

  5. Tess Kearns:

    I went in for a session, and while I was there I felt peace and calm, it may sound 'woo woo,' but I got my focus back. Shortly after that, we had our best business month yet.

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    A whirring
    B obnoxious
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