noun (1)
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Definition of ooze

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


oozed; oozing

Definition of ooze (Entry 2 of 3)

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
3a : 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


noun (2)

Definition of ooze (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Examples of ooze in a Sentence

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.

First Known Use of ooze

Noun (1)

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


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

Noun (2)

1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ooze

Noun (1)

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


Middle English wosen, from wose sap

Noun (2)

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

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“Ooze.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ooze. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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Kids Definition of ooze

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: soft mud : slime


oozed; oozing

Kids Definition of ooze (Entry 2 of 2)

: to flow or leak out slowly

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