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v. wooed, woo·ing, woos
1. To seek the affection of (someone, especially a woman) with the intent to marry or begin a romantic relationship.
2. To gain the favor of (someone) or move (someone) to do something by entreaties or inducements: an ad campaign that wooed customers away from their usual brand.
To seek the romantic affection of someone, especially a woman.

[Middle English wowen, from Old English wōgian.]

woo′er n.
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Noun1.wooing - a man's courting of a womanwooing - a man's courting of a woman; seeking the affections of a woman (usually with the hope of marriage); "its was a brief and intense courtship"
appeal, entreaty, prayer - earnest or urgent request; "an entreaty to stop the fighting"; "an appeal for help"; "an appeal to the public to keep calm"
bundling - a onetime custom during courtship of unmarried couples occupying the same bed without undressing


[ˈwuːɪŋ] Ngalanteo m
References in classic literature ?
Tongue-tied by inexperience and by excess of ardor, wooing unwittingly and awkwardly, Martin continued his approach by contact.
Both prepared for the wooing a whole week, which was the longest time allowed them; but, after all, it was quite long enough, for they both had preparatory knowledge, and everyone knows how useful that is.
Tonight, the colorful Silas helps a farmhand woo a miss by wooing her himself; outclasses a self-perceived athlete by introducing him to the charms of tippling; befriends a comely artist, thereby puncturing the boasts of a world traveler; survives an ill-considered tryst with a local policeman's wife and manages to smooch with a young nurse while preserving both a war veteran's memories and his rose garden.