Main definitions of ooze in English

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verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] (of a fluid) slowly trickle or seep out of something.

    ‘blood was oozing from a wound in his scalp’
    ‘honey oozed out of the comb’
    • ‘Her eyes glazed over and blood oozed from her wounds and seeped into the white carpeting.’
    • ‘‘Solo’ he would shout impatiently when one boy was not fast enough in cleaning the blood oozing from the wounds.’
    • ‘By the time I reached my car at Ardwall Farm the water was oozing from my boots.’
    • ‘At one point we accidentally overturned a sledge and a trickle of brown liquid oozed out of the sledge onto the white snow.’
    • ‘The gash on his forehead was long and bleeding profusely, blood oozing down the side of his face, dripping onto the floor.’
    • ‘Blood oozed from small wounds all over his arms and torso.’
    • ‘Team workers said water had oozed into the cellar and the iron box was rusted and it will take great skill to open the iron box.’
    • ‘The eyes bulge, the lips distort and foul-smelling gases ooze from every orifice.’
    • ‘Blood oozed from the wound, trickling down his side to the towel beneath him.’
    • ‘Blood oozes from his wounds but he barely winces from the pain, even though he describes the sensation as ‘like a hot, sharp knife’.’
    • ‘The water was slowly oozing out a soft and transparent light it must have accumulated the day before (or, more likely, during the last summer).’
    • ‘He could smell the fresh, warm blood oozing from her many wounds.’
    • ‘A trickle of green blood oozed from the malachite-green hide, but it was little more than a pinprick.’
    • ‘In other areas, known as seeps, fluids and gases ooze up through the mud.’
    • ‘It hurt like hell and I could feel the blood oozing from the wound.’
    • ‘His suit was stained by the blood still oozing from gunshot wounds to his neck and chest.’
    • ‘He looked down at it and saw the claw marks, and the blood slowly oozing out.’
    • ‘Checking he saw blood was oozing from a wound in his head.’
    • ‘A clear liquid slowly oozing through it, entering through my skin into my blood veins.’
    • ‘Blood oozed from the wounds, staining his hands.’
    seep, discharge, flow, exude, trickle, drip, dribble, issue, filter, percolate, escape, leak, drain, empty, bleed, sweat, well, leach
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    1. 1.1[no object]Slowly exude or discharge a viscous fluid.
      ‘her mosquito bites were oozing and itching like mad’
      • ‘Eventually, however, even the most artistic among us will want to turn summer fruits into a different art form: that of a hot, juicy, pudding oozing sticky, sweet berry juices.’
      • ‘I pushed it to the margins of my plate, where it oozed salty, sour juice into the rest of my food.’
      • ‘Gnaw's lard component proved far less stable than the chocolate one, displaying a tendency to ooze, crack and eventually collapse.’
      • ‘These encourage pores in the skin to ooze large amounts of sebum, the greasy goop that acne-promoting bacteria love.’
      • ‘A blackberry pie, oozing purple juice, was placed in front of him.’
      • ‘Alternatively, take the backbone out of a couple of smaller sandeels to leave the juicy fillets attached to the head, then bind these around a whole small sandeel to make a big bait that's oozing juice.’
      • ‘Now fill these full of lug and stitch the hook through them along the length to form large bait that is oozing juices.’
      • ‘The wound was also oozing a sickly, yellow pus.’
      • ‘The elf cast a jaundiced eye over the blackened mountain, which was still oozing lava.’
      • ‘The symptoms of eczema can include red, itchy skin, rash, blisters or bumps that itch and ooze, or scaly, brownish, thick skin.’
      • ‘The skin of rotten fruit broke, and matter oozed too thick to run.’
      • ‘Signs could include oozing a clear yellow fluid or rough skin around the bite. Read about impetigo.’
      • ‘His exceptional talent at putting acrylics and oils together on board and letting them ooze is a lesson on how to do this kind of thing and all those kids in ARI-land should get down to the Wynne and check it out.’
      • ‘At every vegetable market in North Africa, and now also in the south of France, there are stalls laden with huge piles of soft lemons, oozing with juice, next to several varieties of olives.’
  • 2[with object] Give a powerful impression of (a quality)

    ‘she oozes a raunchy sex appeal’
    • ‘The Irish players within that group oozed a quality you were always looking up to.’
    • ‘Ulverston is South Lakeland's second largest town and oozes its own character and charm.’
    • ‘With a sleek aluminium front panel, a mirrored display, metal-baffled speakers and high-quality drivers, the system oozes quality.’
    • ‘West Brom may not be a Premiership side for much longer but the crosses oozed top-flight quality.’
    • ‘Built as a fortified city behind large, thick walls on a small mountain, Siena oozes history.’
    • ‘The modern concierge oozes efficiency, dresses to co-ordinate with his lobby and provides security for residents.’
    • ‘The Mini PC's solid cast-aluminium casing oozes quality and it's hard not to fall in love with it at first sight.’
    • ‘They ooze charm and charisma, with more sizzle than a steak…’
    • ‘Dating back 400 years, the Inn at Lathones oozes history.’
    • ‘The operation of the handbrake, steering, brake and clutch oozes quality, and the fittings are impressive.’
    • ‘He is charming and witty, oozing the image of a man in control of his life. Looks, however, can be deceiving.’
    • ‘These guitar slingers, armed with obligatory flying V axe, oozed the appropriate amount of rock attitude.’
    • ‘Though it remains monotonous and fails to have the spark that will compel you to finish it, it oozes quality and would make a great conversation piece at Christmas Dinner.’
    • ‘It oozes quality and taste, matched equally by the menu.’
    • ‘Casting the lectern aside, he stood at the front of the stage, oozing boyish charm and melting more than a few hearts in the audience.’
    • ‘Dennis oozed star quality and charisma in a performance lasting an hour and forty minutes.’
    • ‘Shot mostly in dark tunnels and grimy city streets, it oozes a gothic quality.’
    • ‘It may be a little too enthralled by its relationship to other films but this is still the kind of magnificent film-making that oozes quality from every frame.’
    • ‘The layout gushes rather than oozes quality and all the controls simply fall to hand.’
    • ‘The musicianship is outstanding and oozes an incredible amount of experimentation.’
    exude, gush, drip, pour forth, give out, send out, emit, breathe, let loose, display, exhibit, demonstrate, manifest
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noun

  • 1[mass noun] The sluggish flow of a fluid.

    ‘I picked a fruit and watched the ooze of fig milk from the stem’
    • ‘Bleeding was defined as any ooze, leaking, or frank blood drainage from the puncture site.’
    • ‘It's like watching life emerge from the primordial ooze.’
    • ‘Demons and other night-fevers flowed like a repellant ooze to infest the night.’
    • ‘Surgeons identified the source of bleeding as venous ooze from the edge of her vagina and secured haemostasis.’
    • ‘The slime - a thick, mucus-like substance that smelled positively dreadful - was dribbling down the steps in a slow and steady ooze.’
    • ‘Was the idea of religion existent in the primordial ooze that some believe created life?’
    • ‘Evolution crawls out of the primordial ooze from whence it sprang onto your DVD player.’
    • ‘Their strange and steamy spectacle recalls the primordial ooze from where we all came.’
    seepage, seeping, discharge, flow, exudation, trickle, trickling, drip, dribble, filtration, percolation, excretion, escape, leak, leakage, drainage, emptying, bleeding, sweating, welling, leaching, secretion
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  • 2An infusion of oak bark or other vegetable matter, used in tanning.

    mud, slime, alluvium, silt, mire, bog, sludge, slush, muck, dirt, deposit
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Origin

Old English wōs ‘juice or sap’; the verb dates from late Middle English.

Pronunciation:

ooze

/uːz/

Main definitions of ooze in English

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noun

  • 1[mass noun] Wet mud or slime, especially that found at the bottom of a river, lake, or sea.

    ‘abandoned barges sunk in ooze’
    • ‘Then it gave out a horrible, inhuman wail and melted back into black ooze.’
    • ‘Rotting ooze can quickly contaminate bags, store walls, boxes, machinery and other equipment and has proven very difficult to eliminate.’
    • ‘He was covered in a gel-like red ooze and was wiping it from his face.’
    • ‘However, in the case of their diamond sparkle lip gloss, which has little sparkly bits suspended in the viscous ooze, this is particularly appalling.’
    • ‘The monster stumbled back as purple ooze started to spill out of its metallic form.’
    • ‘We learned that razorbacks live on the bottom of the river where they eat zooplankton, bugs, and river bottom ooze off the rocks and mud.’
    • ‘When the drill strikes water, there is a river of thick yellow ooze that will trap an unwary two-wheeler or a small car, in no time.’
    • ‘He was about to answer when the nurse turned into a puddle of ooze and sank into the floorboards.’
    • ‘But the banks continue to be muddy primeval ooze.’
    • ‘He saw nothing, at first, more of the same pools of ooze.’
    • ‘Everything died and sank into the ooze at the bottom.’
    • ‘The latter method ensures that your hands will be covered by sticky ooze guaranteed to attract clouds of annoying flies.’
    • ‘The answer of course, lies somewhere in between - somewhere deep in the primordial minestrone ooze where a new kind of food was born.’
    • ‘It's black ooze spilled over her hand and it's body fell to the floor.’
    • ‘To her great displeasure something had leaked in her backpack, a dark blue ooze had slimed a course all throughout the entire bag.’
    • ‘Currently, there is a toy on the market that consists of a green gelatinous ooze; it is called, simply, Slime.’
    • ‘There it was, immense and gray and hulking, a 200-foot wall of boulders and gravel and muddy ooze.’
    • ‘The monster that had once been our friend transformed himself into a huge scaly beast, covered in dripping ooze.’
    • ‘Here, fishermen use gates to direct this smelly ooze into tiny ponds they own.’
    • ‘In the mid-1960s, scientists dredging up ooze from the bottom of the Mediterranean began to notice a thick layer of ash that they linked to Thera's eruption.’
    1. 1.1Geology
      A deposit of white or grey calcareous matter largely composed of foraminiferan remains, covering extensive areas of the ocean floor.
      • ‘Nevertheless, it is via this slow accumulation of calcareous ooze on the deep ocean floor that geologists believe chalk beds originally formed.’
      • ‘The fossil-bearing chalk deposits were laid down as ocean-floor ooze hundreds of kilometers from the waterways shores.’
      • ‘As the diatoms die, they sink to the ocean floor, becoming a thick ooze of decomposing matter, and eventually giving rise to deposits of the sediment called diatomaceous earth.’
      • ‘Consequently, Chalk should not be perceived as merely a thick pelagic ooze deposited in a tectonically quiescent period.’
      • ‘Initial deposition above the Base-Chalk reflection is interpreted as formed by pelagic settling of chalk ooze under quiet, low-energy conditions.’

Origin

Old English wāse; related to Old Norse veisa stagnant pool. In Middle English and the 16th century the spelling was wose (rhyming with repose), but from 1550 spellings imply a change in pronunciation and influence by ooze.

Pronunciation:

ooze

/uːz/