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woo / woō/ • v. (woos , wooed ) [tr.] try to gain the love of (someone, typically a woman), esp. with a view to marriage: he wooed her with quotes from Shakespeare. ∎  seek the favor, support, or custom of: pop stars are being wooed by film companies eager to sign them up. DERIVATIVES: woo·a·ble adj. woo·er n.

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Woo ★★ 1997 (R)

Knock-out party girl Darlene “Woo” Bates (Pinkett Smith) agrees to a blind date with nice-guy law student Tim (Davidson) on the advice of her cross-dressing psychic. Tim wants to do the right thing and be honorable, but Woo seduces, endangers, and humiliates him at every turn. When Tim finally stands up for himself, she has a change of heart and appreciates his better qualities. Somewhat mean-spirited comedy trods familiar urban cliches and blind-date disaster territory, but Pinkett Smith's turn could be a star-maker. 80m/C VHS, DVD . Jada Pinkett Smith, Tommy Davidson, Duane Martin, Dave Chappelle, LL Cool J, Paula Jai Parker, Darrell Heath, Pam Grier, Jsu Garcia, Isaac Hayes; D: Daisy von Scherler Mayer; W: David C(lark) Johnson; C: Jean Lepine; M: Michel Colombier.

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woo sue in love (intr.) XI; (tr., also fig.) XIII. Late OE. wōgian, whence wōgere wooer (-ER1); of unkn. orig.

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WoO. Werk ohne Opuszahl (Work without opus number). Applied, for example, to Beethoven's works in Kinsky's catalogue and to those of Richard Strauss in Asow's catalogue.

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WOO Navy Warrant Ordnance Officer
• World Oceanographic Organization

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