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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Woo
  1. To solicit in love; to court."Each, like the Grecian artist, wooes The image he himself has wrought." [Prior.]
  2. To court solicitously; to invite with importunity."Thee, chantress, oft the woods among I woo, to hear thy even song." [Milton.]"I woo the wind That still delays his coming." [Bryant.]

Etymology: OE. wowen wo�en, AS. w�gian, fr. w�h bent, crooked, bad; akin to OS. wāh evil, Goth. unwahs blameless, Skr. va�c to waver, and perhaps to E. vaccilate

verb Woo
To court; to make love.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Make amorous advances towards
  2. Seek someone's favor ("China is wooing Russia")

From Middle English wowen, woȝen, from Old English wōgian (“to woo, court, marry”), of uncertain origin. Cognate with Scots wow (“to woo”). Perhaps related to Old English wōg, wōh (“bending, crookedness”), in the specific sense of "bend or incline (some)one toward oneself". If so, then derived from Proto-Germanic *wanhō (“a bend, angle”), from Proto-Indo-European *wonk- (“crooked, bent”), from Proto-Indo-European *wā- (“to bend, twist, turn”); related to Old Norse (“corner, angle”).

woo was also found in the following language(s): Middle English

Notable Persons Named Woo

Zico is a hip hop music and k-pop rapping, record producer, and master of ceremonies. He plays Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Drum machine. He holds the title Battle Royal and Feel So Young. He has had major accomplishments since 2011. Zico was given the name Woo Ji Ho on September 14th, 1992 in Seoul.


Woo Bum-kon was a murderer. Woo was born Woo Bum-kon on February 24th, 1955 in Busan, Gyeongsangnam-do, South Korea. He died on April 27th, 1982.


Kevin Woo is a singing, actor, television presenter, singer, and television host. Kevin was given the name Woo Sung-hyun on November 25th, 1991 in Danville, California.


Woo Hee-jin is an actor and actress. She was most prominent from 1987 to present. Woo was born on May 24th, 1975 in Seoul.


Hyerim is a singing and singer. Hyerim was given the name Woo Hyerim on September 1st, 1992 in Seoul. Hyerim is also known as Woo and Hye Rim.


Masta Wu is a hip hop music rapping and composer. He was most active from 2000 to 2000. Masta was given the name Woo Jin-won on October 25th, 1978 in Seoul.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Woo

John Woo is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, and film editing.


Kevin Woo is a singing, actor, television presenter, singer, and television host. Kevin was given the name Woo Sung-hyun on November 25th, 1991 in Danville, California.


Jung Woo is an actor. His ongoing career started in 2001. Jung was given the name Kim Jung-guk on January 14th, 1981 in Busan. Jung is also known as Kim Jung-guk.


Seo Woo is an actor and actress. Seo was given the name Kim Moon-joo on July 7th, 1985 in Seoul.


Jang Dong Woo is a singer-songwriter, rapping, presenter, actor, and rapper. Jang was born on November 22nd, 1990 in Guri.


Hyun Woo is an actor, singing, and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 2008. Hyun was given the name Kim Hyun-woo on January 18th, 1985 in South Korea.


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Popularity of Woo as a last name

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Common last names for Woo

  • Lee
  • Kim
  • Wong
  • Chung
  • Yee
  • Chin

Common first names for Woo

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Woo U.S.
  White 4.65% 64.26%
  African American 0.44% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 86.86% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.08% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.81% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Woo

People with the last name Woo are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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Fun Facts about the name Woo

  • How Popular is the name Woo? Woo is the 73,533rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Woo was the 2,775th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Woo have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 10 babies born with the first name Woo in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Woo? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1978 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Woo first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Woo is Tuesday, November 16th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Woo born? The highest recorded use of the first name Woo was in 1978 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Woo: Your name in reverse order is Oow. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oow. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Woo? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 13,003 people with the last name Woo.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Woo? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Woo as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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