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[goo] /gu/

noun, Informal.
a thick or sticky substance:
Wash that goo off your hands.
maudlin sentimentality.
noun (informal)
a sticky or viscous substance
coy or sentimental language or ideas

1903, American English, of obscure origin, probably a back-formation from gooey.


[perhaps sound symbolism, influenced by glue; perhaps fr bur-goo, ”oatmeal porridge”]
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