\ 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

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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 Since large males don't need to be any louder, only the smaller ones baffled in an effort to woo females, writes Bob Yirka for Phys.org. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "To Compete With the Big Guys, Tiny Crickets Fashion Leafy Megaphones to Blast Their Mating Calls," 18 Dec. 2020 Amazon is off to a slow start in its latest effort to woo luxury goods onto its platform. Renata Geraldo, WSJ, "In Luxury Market, Being Amazon Is Still a Burden," 31 Oct. 2020 Scott Hoffman, a 51-year-old maintenance worker and Biden supporter in neighboring Wilkes-Barre, also didn’t expect Biden’s Scranton ties to help the Democratic presidential nominee to woo any voters in the area. Emily Larsen, Washington Examiner, "'He plays it well, but it won’t win votes': Scranton-area voters don't care Biden was born there," 20 Oct. 2020 When the Yankees came out to California last winter to woo him, part of the attraction was the chance to pitch in these big moments. Kristie Ackert, courant.com, "Rays get ultimate revenge over Yankees as Mike Brosseau hits series-winning homer off Aroldis Chapman," 9 Oct. 2020 Male Texas spiny lizards bop up and down in what appears to be a push-up contest to secure their territory from other males and to woo females for breeding. René A. Guzman, ExpressNews.com, "Texas spiny lizard not as famous as the Texas horned lizard or horny toad, but is a master of disguise with real spunk," 22 Dec. 2020 Benhart was recruited heavily by the Gophers — so much so that coach P.J. Fleck once took a helicopter to the southern suburb's stadium on a Friday night in 2017 to woo the lineman. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers pass rusher Boye Mafe getting to quarterbacks at high rate," 17 Dec. 2020 New Delhi hopes this scheme will woo companies that may be looking to exit China amid rising tension between the eastern nation and the US. Itika Sharma Punit, Quartz India, "Why Walmart plans to sell billions more in India-made goods," 10 Dec. 2020 The challenge is the latest plot twist in the TikTok saga, which saw Microsoft woo the company and then drop out of the process, and Beijing change its export rules to foil an outright sale. Jane Li, Quartz, "TikTok’s deal with Oracle and Walmart is in its own lame-duck period," 11 Nov. 2020

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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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The first known use of woo was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2021

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“Woo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/woo. Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of woo

old-fashioned : to try to make (someone) love you : to try to have a romantic relationship with (someone)
: to try to attract (someone, such as a customer, voter, worker, etc.) : to attempt to persuade (someone) to buy something from you, vote for you, work for you, etc.


\ 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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