goo·​ey | \ ˈgü-ē How to pronounce gooey (audio) \
gooier; gooiest

Definition of gooey

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

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Other Words from gooey

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

First Known Use of gooey

1901, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Gooey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gooey

: wet and sticky


goo·​ey | \ ˈgü-ē \
gooier; gooiest

Kids Definition of gooey

: wet and sticky gooey candy

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