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goo

See also: -góó

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

American English, known since 1903, probably from burgoo (thick porridge) (1787), possibly an alteration of glue.

NounEdit

goo (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable, informal) Any semi-solid or liquid substance; especially one that is sticky, gummy or slippery; frequently of vague or unknown composition, or a bodily fluid.
    I stepped in some goo and had a terrible time getting the sticky stuff off my shoes.
  2. Excessive, showy sentimentality
    When dad couldn't stand the goo anymore, he stopped Tommy's tearful goodbye from the Swedish au-pair Matts, firmly smacking the boys' pants and grumbling "Now stop the goo or I'll give each of you a reason to cry!"
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VerbEdit

goo (third-person singular simple present goos, present participle gooing, simple past and past participle gooed)

  1. (transitive) To apply goo to something.
    They gooed their hair with some fragrant styling product.

Etymology 2Edit

(onomatopoeia)

NounEdit

goo (plural goos)

  1. An example of baby talk.
    The infant's goos and gahs were endearing.

VerbEdit

goo (third-person singular simple present goos, present participle gooing, simple past and past participle gooed)

  1. (intransitive) To produce baby talk.
    The baby gooed while daddy made sappy faces at it.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • goo” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

Germanic, of uncertain origin

NounEdit

goo ? (??? please provide the plural!, ??? please provide the diminutive!)

  1. An alternative form of gouw 'region'

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EsperantoEdit

NounEdit

goo (accusative singular goon, plural gooj, accusative plural goojn)

  1. The board game go

ManxEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Old Irish guth (voice, sound, word, vowel).

NounEdit

goo m (genitive goo, plural googhyn)

  1. voice
  2. word, reputation

MutationEdit

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
goo ghoo ngoo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Etymology 2Edit

NounEdit

goo m

  1. eclipsed form of coo
Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
coo choo goo
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

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Middle EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

See gon.

VerbEdit

goo

  1. go

ReferencesEdit

p. 1, Arthur; A Short Sketch of his Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century, Frederick Furnivall ed. EETS. Trübner & Co.: London. 1864.