Woo is currently also used to indicate nonsense, often to indicate religionist nonsense.

A woo-woo is a practioner of woo – often a none-too-bright, creationist, usenet troll, or author of pseudoscientific idiocy. Woo-woos resort to fallacies of logic and sock puppetry.

Derivatives: woo-meister in Your Friday Dose of Woo: Reprogram your DNA!

Former usage, dating from before the 12th century, and derived from Middle English wowen, which in turn derived from Old English wōgian, was:

transitive verb :
1 : to sue for the affection of and usually marriage with
2 : to solicit or entreat, especially with importunity "woo new buyers"
3 : to seek to gain or bring about
intransitive verb :
to court a woman

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