\ ˈwü How to pronounce woo (audio) \
wooed; wooing; woos

Definition of woo

transitive verb

1 : to sue for the affection of and usually marriage with : court
2 : to solicit or entreat especially with importunity woo new customers
3 : to seek to gain or bring about

intransitive verb

: to court a woman

Other Words from woo

wooer noun

Examples of woo in a Sentence

The store had a sale in an effort to woo new customers. The company must find creative ways to woo new employees.
Recent Examples on the Web Even Marvin Lewis, whose good work here set the table for what’s happening now, didn’t exactly woo top tier players. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 14 June 2022 Will Smith stars as a smooth-talking who man falls for a columnist (Eva Mendes) while helping a shy accountant (Kevin James) woo a beautiful heiress. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 11 Feb. 2022 Quarterback Nicholaus Iamaleava of Downey Warren will woo college football scouts with his volleyball skills in the spring, then provide oohs and ahhs by throwing 50 touchdowns in the fall. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 29 Dec. 2021 Crossdressing in pursuit of love is a centuries-old theatrical device; even Viola, Shakespeare’s noblest heroine, costumed herself like a man to woo one, albeit with significantly more poetry. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 5 Dec. 2021 Indeed, like so many movements that purport to criticize corporate capitalism, woo itself is largely a product of cutting-edge advertising techniques, the profit motive, and capitalist ideology. Ryan Cooper, The Week, 2 Dec. 2021 Suburban home builders woo buyers by slathering them with gables and bays and balustrades and porticos and portholes, a profusion that the critic Kate Wagner has chronicled magnificently in her blog McMansion Hell. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 24 Nov. 2021 In July, Lightfoot traveled to the Bay Area to woo companies, selling Chicago as a tech destination. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, 13 Aug. 2021 The federal government is trying to woo people by putting vaccines in community hubs like barber shops; making plans to offer child care; and by organizing rides to vaccination sites. Jen Christensen, CNN, 6 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of woo

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

History and Etymology for woo

Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian

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“Woo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woo. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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\ ˈwü How to pronounce woo (audio) \
wooed; wooing

Kids Definition of woo

1 : to try to gain the love of
2 : to try to gain The candidates wooed votes.

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