verb (used without object), oozed, ooz·ing.
- (of moisture, liquid, etc.) to flow, percolate, or exude slowly, as through holes or small openings.
- to move or pass slowly or gradually, as if through a small opening or passage: The crowd oozed toward the entrance.
- (of a substance) to exude moisture.
- (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.
- to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.
verb (used with object), oozed, ooz·ing.
- to make by oozing.
- to exude (moisture, air, etc.) slowly.
- to display or dispense freely and conspicuously: He can ooze charm when it serves his interest.
- the act of oozing.
- something that oozes.
- an infusion of oak bark, sumac, etc., used in tanning.
- (intr) to flow or leak out slowly, as through pores or very small holes
- to exude or emit (moisture, gas, etc)
- (tr) to overflow withto ooze charm
- (intr often foll by away) to disappear or escape gradually
- a slow flowing or leaking
- an infusion of vegetable matter, such as sumach or oak bark, used in tanning
- a soft thin mud found at the bottom of lakes and rivers
- a fine-grained calcareous or siliceous marine deposit consisting of the hard parts of planktonic organisms
- 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.