Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. someone who woos or courts

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who wooes; one who courts or solicits in love; a suitor.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who woos.
  • n. One who promotes the marriage of another; a match maker.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a man who courts a woman

Etymologies

Middle English wowere, from Old English wōgere, from 'wōgian 'to woo' + -ere '-er' -- compare woo (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The wooer was a Mr. Child, son of a brewer at Abingdon, to whom the lady sent a challenge.

    Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol. 1 A Revised American Edition of the Reader's Handbook

  • And as Evelyn Van Wyck fled through the sombre forest aisles before the too arduous advances of her slant-browed, skin-clad wooer, the door of the cabin opened, without the courtesy of a knock, and a skin-clad woman, savage and primitive, came in.

    LI-WAN, THE FAIR

  • But wait until you hear the gorgeous "Some Enchanted Evening" and "This Nearly Was Mine" as sung by bass-baritone David Pittsinger, who portrays Emile de Becque, the smooth French wooer of the cockeyed American optimist, Ensign Nellie Forbush.

    Smooth sailing

  • From Jennifer Love Hewitt to Jessica Simpson to Jennifer Aniston, this guy ` s a major wooer.

    CNN Transcript Jan 1, 2010

  • You must act be a wooer, and not expect the board simply to warm up to you right away.

    Advice To A New CEO: How To Handle Your Board

  • One quickly gets the sense of a heart breaking, heart broken, and relentless wooer of women.

    The Twitterer: Lemon Hound talks to Arjun Basu

  • Ever the wooer, George Clooney typifies the Hollywood bachelor that will pretty much make any woman melt.

    CNN Transcript May 25, 2009

  • To thee, Orestes, I betroth my daughter according to the word of Phoebus, and good luck attend thee, a noble wooer nobly wived, and me the parent of thy bride!

    Orestes

  • There was that maiden in Oechalia, a girl unwed, that knew no wooer yet nor married joys; her did the Queen of Love snatch from her home across the sea and gave unto Alcmena's son, mid blood and smoke and murderous marriage-hymns, to be to him a frantic fiend of hell; woe! woe for his wooing!

    Hippolytus

  • For, as the wooer had begun to hold the refusal of the damsel as somewhat capricious and inexplicable after the degree of encouragement which, in his opinion, she had afforded;

    The Fair Maid of Perth

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