verb (used without object), oozed, ooz·ing.

  1. (of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
  2. to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage: The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
  3. (of a substance) to exude moisture.
  4. (of something abstract, as information or courage) to appear or disappear slowly or imperceptibly (often followed by out or away): His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
  5. to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.

verb (used with object), oozed, ooz·ing.

  1. to make by oozing.
  2. to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
  3. to display or dispense freely and conspicuously: He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.


  1. the act of oozing.
  2. something that oozes.
  3. an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.


  1. (intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
  2. to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
  3. (tr) to overflow withto ooze charm
  4. (intr often foll by away) to disappear or escape gradually


  1. a slow flowing or leaking
  2. an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning


  1. a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
  2. a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
  3. muddy ground, esp of bogs

v.late 14c., wosen, verbal derivative of Old English noun wos “juice, sap,” from Proto-Germanic *wosan (cf. Middle Low German wose “scum”), from same source as ooze (n.). Modern spelling from late 1500s. The Old English verb was wesan. Related: Oozed; oozing. n.“soft mud,” Old English wase “soft mud, mire,” from Proto-Germanic *waison (cf. Old Saxon waso “wet ground, mire,” Old Norse veisa “pond of stagnant water”), from PIE *weis- “to flow” (see virus). Modern spelling is mid-1500s.

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