goop vs ooze what difference

what is difference between goop and ooze



  • IPA(key): /ɡuːp/
  • Rhymes: -uːp


goop (usually uncountable, plural goops)

  1. (informal, usually uncountable) A thick, slimy substance; goo.
  2. (countable, informal, derogatory, dated) A silly, stupid, or boorish person.

Derived terms

  • goopy


goop (third-person singular simple present goops, present participle gooping, simple past and past participle gooped)

  1. (informal) To apply a thick, slimy, or goo-like substance.
  2. (informal, possibly obsolete) To stare; gawk.



  • “goop” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd ed., 1989.
  • Random House Webster’s Unabridged Electronic Dictionary, 1987–1996.


  • PoGo, pogo



  • enPR: o͞oz, IPA(key): /uːz/
  • Rhymes: -uːz
  • Homophone: oohs

Etymology 1

  • (Noun) Middle English wose (sap), from Old English wōs (sap, froth), from Proto-Germanic *wōsą (cf. Middle Low German wose (scum), Old High German wasal (rain), Old Swedish os, oos), from Proto-Indo-European *wóseh₂ (sap) (cf. Sanskrit वसा (vásā, fat)).
  • (Verb) Middle English wosen, from wose (wose, sap); see above.

Alternative forms

  • owze (obsolete)


ooze (countable and uncountable, plural oozes)

  1. Tanning liquor, an aqueous extract of vegetable matter (tanbark, sumac, etc.) in a tanning vat used to tan leather.
  2. An oozing, gentle flowing, or seepage, as of water through sand or earth.
  3. (obsolete) Secretion, humour.
  4. (obsolete) Juice, sap.


ooze (third-person singular simple present oozes, present participle oozing, simple past and past participle oozed)

  1. (intransitive, sometimes figuratively) To be secreted or slowly leak.
    • 1868, Charlotte Riddell, A Strange Christmas Game
      I promised him I would keep silence, but the story gradually oozed out, and the Cronsons left the country.
    • 1988, David Drake, The Sea Hag, Baen Publishing Enterprises (2003), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      Pale slime oozed through all the surfaces; some of it dripped from the ceiling and burned Dennis as badly as the blazing sparks had done a moment before.
    • 1994, Madeleine May Kunin, Living a Political Life, Vintage Books (1995), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      He was hard to understand because he spoke softly, and his Vermont accent was as thick as maple syrup oozing down a pile of pancakes.
    • 2011, Karen Mahoney, The Iron Witch, Flux (2011), →ISBN, page 278:
      Her heart constricted when she saw thick blood oozing from a wide gash in his forehead.
  2. (transitive, figuratively) To give off a strong sense of (something); to exude.
    • 1989, Robert R. McCammon, The Wolf’s Hour, Open Road Integrated Media (2011), →ISBN, unnumbered page:
      “Good servants are so hard to find,” Chesna said, oozing arrogance.
    • 1999, Tamsin Blanchard, Antonio Berardi: Sex and Sensibility, Watson-Guptill Publications (1999), →ISBN, page 16:
      There are no two ways about it: a Berardi dress oozes sex appeal from its very seams.
Derived terms
  • oozy

Etymology 2

From Middle English wose, from Old English wāse (mud, mire), from Proto-West Germanic [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *waisǭ (compare Dutch waas (haze, mist; bloom), (obsolete) German Wasen (turf, sod), Old Norse veisa (slime, stagnant pool)), from Proto-Indo-European *weys- (to flow) (compare Sanskrit विष्यति (viṣyati, flow, let loose)). More at virus.


ooze (plural oozes)

  1. Soft mud, slime, or shells especially in the bed of a river or estuary.
  2. (oceanography) A pelagic marine sediment containing a significant amount of the microscopic remains of either calcareous or siliceous planktonic debris organisms.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, volume 3, chapter
      Seaweed were left on the blackened marble, while the salt ooze defaced the matchless works of art.
  3. A piece of soft, wet, pliable ground.

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