- 1[intransitive, transitive] if a thick liquid oozes from a place, or if something oozes a thick liquid, the liquid flows from the place slowly ooze from/out of/through something | ooze out Blood oozed out of the wound. ooze with something an ugly swelling oozing with pus ooze something The wound was oozing blood. a plate of toast oozing butter
- 2[transitive, intransitive] if somebody/something oozes a particular characteristic, quality, etc., they show it strongly synonym exude ooze something She walked into the party oozing confidence. ooze with something His voice oozed with sex appeal. Word Originverb Old English wōs ‘juice or sap’; the verb dates from late Middle English.Extra examples Cream oozed out at the sides. He was oozing with contempt for us. On his back there was an ugly swelling oozing with pus. There was a plate of toasted muffins oozing butter.
BrE BrE//uːz//; NAmE NAmE//uːz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ooze
BrE BrE//uːz//; NAmE NAmE//uːz//he / she / it oozes
BrE BrE//ˈuːzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈuːzɪz//past simple oozed
BrE BrE//uːzd//; NAmE NAmE//uːzd//past participle oozed
BrE BrE//uːzd//; NAmE NAmE//uːzd//-ing form oozing
BrE BrE//ˈuːzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈuːzɪŋ//