American English, known since 1903, probably from (1787), possibly an alteration of glue.
(uncountable, informal) Any semi-solid or liquid substance; especially one that is sticky, gummy or slippery; frequently of vague or unknown composition, or a bodily fluid.
Excessive, showy sentimentality
- ''I stepped in some goo and had a terrible time getting the sticky stuff off my shoes.
- ''When dad couldn't stand the goo anymore, he stopped Tommy's tearful goodbye from the Swedish au-pair Matts, firmly smacking the boys' pants and grumbling "Now stop the goo or I'll give each of you a reason to cry!"
* from goo to you by way of the zoo
To apply goo to something.
- ''They gooed their hair with some fragrant styling product.
An example of baby talk.
- ''The infant's goos and gahs were endearing.
To produce baby talk.
- ''The baby gooed while daddy made sappy faces at it.
* gaga, ga-ga
Of onomatopoetic/imitative origin.
The murmuring sound made by a dove or pigeon.
(transitive, or, intransitive) To make a soft murmuring sound, as a pigeon.
* 26 June 2014 , A.A Dowd, AV Club Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler spoof rom-com clichés in They Came Together [http://www.avclub.com/review/paul-rudd-and-amy-poehler-spoof-rom-com-cliches-th-206220]
To speak in an admiring fashion, to be enthusiastic about.
* 2013 , Nicola Cornick, One Night with the Laird (page 206)
- As Norah Jones coos sweet nothings on the soundtrack, the happy couple—played by Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler—canoodle through a Manhattan montage, making pasta for two, swimming through a pile of autumn leaves, and horsing around at a fruit stand.
- They were too busy cooing over the baby and his parents were too busy cooing over each other.
Shortening of cool. Compare foo.
Expression of fright, surprise, approval, etc.
, title=(Jeeves in the Offing
, section=chapter VII
, passage=I stood outside the door for a space, letting “I dare not” wait upon “I would”, as Jeeves tells me cats do in adages, then turned the handle softly, pushed – also softly – and, carrying on into the interior, found myself confronted by a girl in housemaid's costume who put a hand to her throat like somebody in a play and leaped several inches in the direction of the ceiling. “Coo'!” she said, having returned to terra firma and taken aboard a spot of breath. “You gave me a start, sir!” [...] “If you cast an eye on him, you will see that he's asleep now.” “' Coo
! So he is.”}}
* 1988 , Sean Kelly, Professional BMX Simulator'' (video game review in ''Your Sinclair , issue 35, November 1988)
* 1989 , Competitions'' (in ''Sinclair User , issue 92, November 1989)
- The last track on each of the three sections is a professional course, where you can customise your bike by changing the tyres and the size of chainwheel. Coo !
* 1990 , Crash readers' awards ceremony'' (in ''Crash , issue 75, April 1990)
- We want you to come up with a side splitting caption for a picture drawn by the fair hand of those at System 3. If you turn out to be the Funniest "Person", we'll give you a big wopping model of a dinosaur. Coo .
- Mark: 'Coo', I've only had four gallons of extra caffeine coffee today so I'm not my usual talking-to-PR-girlies-for-hours-on-end self. But bear with me a mo while I get myself together (audience waits for an age while he searches through his coat for the golden envelope). Here it is! ' Coo , and the winner is The New Zealand Story.'