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Definition of "ooze" []

  • To flow or leak out slowly, as through small openings. (verb-intransitive)
  • To disappear or ebb slowly: His courage oozed away. (verb-intransitive)
  • To progress slowly but steadily: "Over grass bleached colorless by strong outback sun, the herd oozes forward” ( Geraldine Brooks). (verb-intransitive)
  • To exude moisture. (verb-intransitive)
  • To emit a particular essence or quality: The house oozed with charm. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ooze" in a sentence
  • "The danger, as sleazy stories ooze from the depths of the Web, is that traditional news outlets will find themselves spreading unsubstantiated garbage."
  • "The power went out in our apartment, making a cold puddle of water ooze from the fridge, and because it couldn't be fixed, we were moved to another, almost identical apartment."
  • "When given the green light, I would pull the boat into the lock, place her along the cement sidewall (a feat with a boat that acts like a bath toy because it has no keel), and grab hold of a weighted line that ran down the side of the lock — slick with ooze from the canal water and sometimes covered with zebra mussels, the scourge of the Great Lakes."