ooze

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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ooze1 /uz/USA pronunciation   v.,  oozed, ooz•ing, n. 
v. [no object]
  1. (of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow or pass slowly or gradually:Water was oozing from her sneakers.
  2. to give off or allow (moisture, liquid, etc.) to exude:[+ object]The wound began to ooze blood.
  3. to appear or disappear slowly or gradually:[no object;  (~ out/away)]His confidence began to ooze (out). You sensed his courage oozing (away).
  4. to display or show falsely:[+ object]oozing charm.

n. [uncountable]
  1. the act of oozing.
  2. something that oozes.

ooze2 /uz/USA pronunciation   n. [uncountable]
  1. Geologya type of mud made chiefly of the shells of one-celled organisms, found on the ocean bottom.
  2. Geologysoft mud or slime.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ooze1  (o̅o̅z),USA pronunciation v.,  oozed, ooz•ing, n. 
v.i. 
  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 fol. by out or away):His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
  5. to display some characteristic or quality:to ooze with piety.

v.t. 
  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.

n. 
  1. the act of oozing.
  2. something that oozes.
  3. Clothingan infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.
  • Middle English wos(e) (noun, nominal), wosen (verb, verbal), Old English wōs juice, moisture bef. 1000
    • 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged slime, mud, muck, sludge.

ooze2  (o̅o̅z),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Geologya calcareous or siliceous mud composed chiefly of the shells of one-celled organisms, covering parts of the ocean bottom.
  2. Geologysoft mud, or slime.
  3. Geologya marsh or bog.
  • Middle English wose, Old English wāse mud bef. 900


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

ooze /uːz/ vb
  1. (intransitive) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
  2. to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
  3. (transitive) to overflow with: to ooze charm
  4. (intransitive) often followed by away: to disappear or escape gradually
n
  1. a slow flowing or leaking
  2. an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
Etymology: Old English wōs juice
ooze /uːz/ n
  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
Etymology: Old English wāse mud; related to Old French wāse, Old Norse veisa



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Collocations: a [steady, constant, thick] ooze, oozes [class, skill, elegance, charm, sex appeal], a [puddle, trickle, stream] of ooze, more...

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