Meaning of ooze


Pronunciation: (z), [key]
— v., n. 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 fol. by out or away): His cockiness oozed away during my rebuttal speech.
  5. to display some characteristic or quality: to ooze with piety.
  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.


Pronunciation: (z), [key]
— n.
  1. a calcareous or siliceous mud composed chiefly of the shells of one-celled organisms, covering parts of the ocean bottom.
  2. soft mud, or slime.
  3. a marsh or bog.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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