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Etymology 1Edit

Uncertain. It has been suggested that "woo woo" is intended to imitate the eerie background music of sci-fi/horror films and television shows.

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NounEdit

woo woo (countable and uncountable, plural woo woos)

  1. (slang, derogatory) A person readily accepting supernatural, paranormal, occult, or pseudoscientific phenomena, or emotion-based beliefs and explanations.
    That reporter is a bit of a woo woo.
  2. (slang, derogatory) Those beliefs.
    He is really into all that woo woo.
    • Erikson Physocialsocial Stages
      Social work has gotten distinctly woo-woo lately. There's a lot of endorsement of quackery. I think that might be because the social work profession has attracted a lot of people who don't want to do science, or maybe because there is a big market for woo-woo stuff.

AdjectiveEdit

woo woo (comparative more woo woo, superlative most woo woo)

  1. (slang, derogatory) Supernatural, pseudoscientific.
    He made a living out of woo woo beliefs.
  2. (slang, derogatory) Readily accepting supernatural, paranormal, occult, or pseudoscientific phenomena, or emotion-based beliefs and explanations.
    Pert is a talented scientist who went woo woo many years ago for reasons I don’t have time to go into here.[1]
    • 2016, Melissa Broder, So Sad Today:
      Open-minded and vaguely woo-woo herself, she, too, left Jeffrey's chamber of Yoni floating.

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Etymology 2Edit

Unknown.

NounEdit

woo woo (plural woo woos)

  1. An alcoholic cocktail consisting of peach schnapps, vodka and cranberry juice.

Etymology 3Edit

Imitative of a siren.

NounEdit

woo woo (plural woo woos)

  1. (childish) the sound of a fire truck, ambulance, or police truck's siren.