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ooze

The beauty of the word ooze is not only that it's both a noun and a verb but also that the word sounds like what it means. The ooze on the bottom of the pond oozed between your toes.

When something oozes, it seeps out slowly in an unappetizing way. Cheese sauce oozes out of the container. Sludge oozes out of a treatment plant. Cream oozes out of a tube. Whatever is oozing is referred to as ooze. After an oil spill, a cleanup crew has to clean up the ooze that collects on the shore. It can also be used to describe someone's behavior if it's especially awful. A person who is really bad, for example, can be said to ooze evil.

Definitions of ooze
  1. verb
    pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings
    synonyms: seep
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    course, feed, flow, run
    move along, of liquids
  2. verb
    release (a liquid) in drops or small quantities
    synonyms: exudate, exude, ooze out, transude
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    distil, distill
    give off (a liquid)
    fume, reek
    be wet with sweat or blood, as of one's face
    transpire
    give off (water) through the skin
    extravasate
    geology: cause molten material, such as lava, to pour forth
    stream
    exude profusely
    gum
    exude or form gum
    release, secrete
    generate and separate from cells or bodily fluids
    froth
    exude or expel foam
    water
    secrete or form water, as tears or saliva
    lather
    exude sweat or lather
    type of:
    egest, eliminate, excrete, pass
    eliminate from the body
  3. noun
    any thick, viscous matter
    synonyms: goo, gook, goop, guck, gunk, muck, slime, sludge
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    sapropel
    sludge (rich in organic matter) that accumulates at the bottom of lakes or oceans
    type of:
    matter
    that which has mass and occupies space
  4. noun
    the slow escape of liquid or gas through small holes
    synonyms: oozing, seepage
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    exudation, transudation
    the process of exuding; the slow escape of liquids from blood vessels through pores or breaks in the cell membranes
    type of:
    flow, flowing
    the motion characteristic of fluids (liquids or gases)
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