ooze

1 of 3

noun (1)

1
: a soft deposit (as of mud, slime, or shells) on the bottom of a body of water
The turtle buried itself in the ooze.
2
: a piece of soft wet plastic ground : a marsh or bog that results from the flow of a spring, stream, or brooklet

ooze

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verb

oozed; oozing

intransitive verb

1
: to pass or flow slowly through or as if through small openings or interstices
2
: to move slowly or imperceptibly
the crowd began to ooze forward Bruce Marshall
3
a
: to exude moisture
b
: to exude something often in a faintly repellent manner
ooze with sympathy

transitive verb

1
: to emit slowly
2
: exude sense 2
ooze confidence

ooze

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noun (2)

1
: a decoction of vegetable material used for tanning leather
2
: the act of oozing
3
: something that oozes

Example Sentences

Verb Sap oozed from the tree. Juice oozed out of the plum. The cut on her finger was oozing with blood. The tree was oozing sap. The cut on her finger was oozing blood.

Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

Middle English wose, from Old English wāse mire; akin to Old Norse veisa stagnant water

Verb

Middle English wosen, from wose sap

Noun (2)

Middle English wose sap, juice, from Old English wōs; akin to Old High German waso damp

First Known Use

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun (2)

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ooze was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Ooze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ooze. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

ooze 1 of 3

noun

: soft mud or slime (as on the bottom of a lake)

ooze

2 of 3

verb

oozed; oozing
1
: to flow or leak slowly
sap oozed from the tree
2
: emit sense 1a
a manner that oozed confidence

ooze

3 of 3

noun

: something that oozes

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