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)
Origin: OE. Wowen, woen, AS. Wgian, fr. Wh bent, crooked, bad; akin to OS. Wah evil, Goth. Unwahs blameless, Skr. Vac to waver, and perhaps to E. Vaccilate.