Definition of ooze noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//uːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//uːz//
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  1. 1[uncountable] very soft mud, especially at the bottom of a lake or river
  2. 2[singular] the very slow flow of a thick liquid
  3. Word Originnoun sense 1 Old English wāse; related to Old Norse veisa ‘stagnant pool’. In Middle English and the 16th cent. the spelling was wose (rhyming with repose), but from 1550 spellings imply a change in pronunciation and influence by ooze (verb). noun sense 2 Old English wōs ‘juice or sap’; the verb dates from late Middle English.
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