gooey

adjective

goo·​ey ˈgü-ē How to pronounce gooey (audio)
gooier; gooiest
1
informal : soft, wet, and sticky
a gooey mess
With its warm, gooey goodness, this dessert will bring bananas Foster to mind.Lillian Chou
Researchers in Japan have extracted a new, gooey, and potentially useful protein from the bodies of jellyfish.S. Webb
The order might also include poutine, the gooey mass of French fries smothered in gravy and melted cheese curds that is now beginning to win fans and clog arteries outside Quebec.Charles Boberg
2
informal : excessively sweet or sentimental : cloying
gooey sentimentality
a gooey romance
Compared with the hardscrabble mountain and mill-town tale of the father, the soft-edged suburban narrative of the stepson and Bragg's relationship with him feels gooey and romanticized.Christopher Dickey
gooeyness noun informal
Ads for food in all of its present-day forms abound in glorious color—from the crackle and crunch of fast-food fried chicken to the gooeyness of a pizza's cheese … Judith Crist
I rejoice in a children's film that avoids gooeyness Richard Alleva

Word History

First Known Use

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of gooey was in 1901

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Cite this Entry

“Gooey.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gooey. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

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