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  1. Any thick, viscous matter

American English, known since 1903, probably from burgoo (“thick porridge”) (1787), possibly an alteration of glue.

  1. (uncountable, informal) Any semi-solid or liquid substance; especially one that is sticky, gummy or slippery; frequently of vague or unknown composition, slime or a bodily fluid.
    I stepped in some and had a terrible time getting the sticky stuff off my shoes.
  2. Excessive, showy sentimentality
    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 or I'll give each of you a reason to cry!"


  1. An example of baby talk.
    The infant's and gahs were endearing.

    goo was also found in the following language(s): Dutch, Esperanto, Manx, and Middle English

    Notable Persons Named Goo

    Goo Hara is a singing, dance, actor, singer, dancer, and actress. She has had major accomplishments since 2008. Goo was born on January 13th, 1991 in Gwangju.


    Goo Seung-hyun is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 2009 to present. Goo was born on June 28th, 2004 in South Korea.


    Goo Arlooktoo was an MLA for Baffin South and MLAforBaffin South. Goo was born on November 28th, 1963 in Kimmirut. He died on April 30th, 2002.


    Goo Kim Fui was a merchant. Goo was born in 1835 in Meixian District. He died on May 3rd, 1908.


    Goo Kennedy is a basketball player for the Dallas Chaparrals / San Antonio Spurs, Spirits of St. Louis, Utah Stars, and Houston Rockets. His most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to 1978. Goo was born on August 23rd, 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Goo

    Jin Goo is an actor. He was most prominent from 2003 to present. Jin was born on July 20th, 1980 in Seoul.


    Shin Goo is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1962. Shin was born on August 13th, 1936 in Seoul.


    Ah was born on April 10th, 1918. He passed away in 2015.


    Yulianus Goo is an athlete for the Cendrawasih Papua F.C.


    Aaron Goo is an athlete for the Las Vegas Mobsters.


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    Popularity of Goo as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Goo U.S.
      White 9.78% 64.26%
      African American 0.62% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 63.74% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 20.63% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 5.23% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Goo

    People with the last name Goo are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander or Two or More Ethnicities

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    Fun Facts about the name Goo

    • How Popular is the name Goo? As a last name Goo was the 20,449th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Goo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Goo is Thursday, June 22nd, 1882.
    • How unique is the name Goo? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Goo. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Goo: Your name in reverse order is Oog. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Goo. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Goo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,299 people with the last name Goo.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Goo? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Goo as their last name since less than 1 person in 227k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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