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ooze

noun \ ˈüz \

Definition of ooze

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

Origin and Etymology of ooze

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


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ooze

verb

Definition of ooze

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 2
  • ooze confidence

Examples of ooze in a Sentence

  1. Sap oozed from the tree.

  2. Juice oozed out of the plum.

  3. The cut on her finger was oozing with blood.

  4. The tree was oozing sap.

  5. The cut on her finger was oozing blood.

Origin and Etymology of ooze

Middle English wosen, from wose sap

ooze Synonyms

Synonyms
bleed, exude, percolate, seep, strain, sweat, transude, weep
Antonyms
fly, race, speed, whiz (or whizz), zip
Related Words
dribble, drip, trickle; discharge, emit, give off, vent; emanate, flow, spring
Near Antonyms
flood, gush, pour, stream, surge

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ooze

noun

Definition of ooze

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

Origin and Etymology of ooze

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


OOZE Defined for English Language Learners

ooze

verb

Definition of ooze for English Language Learners

  • : to flow out slowly

  • : to have (something) flow out slowly

  • : to show (a quality, emotion, etc.) very clearly or strongly


OOZE Defined for Kids

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ooze

noun \ ˈüz \

Definition of ooze for Students

: soft mud : slime

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ooze

verb

Definition of ooze for Students

oozed; oozing
: to flow or leak out slowly


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