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From Middle English wowen, woȝen, from Old English wōgian (“to woo, court, marry”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots wow (“to woo”). Perhaps related to Old English wōg, wōh (“bending, crookedness”), in the specific sense of "bend or incline (some)one toward oneself". If so, then derived from Proto-Germanic *wanhō (“a bend, angle”), from Proto-Indo-European *wonk- (“crooked, bent”), from Proto-Indo-European *wā- (“to bend, twist, turn”); related to Old Norse vá (“corner, angle”).
- (transitive) To endeavor to gain someone's support.
- (transitive) (often of a man) To try to persuade someone to marry oneself; to solicit in love.
- Each, like the Grecian artist, wooes / The image he himself has wrought.
- To court solicitously; to invite with importunity.
- Thee, chantress, oft the woods among / I woo, to hear thy even song.
- I woo the wind / That still delays his coming.
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