Definition of woo-woo in English:

woo-woo

(also woo)

Pronunciation /ˈwo͞oˌwo͞o/ /ˈwuˌwu/

noun

informal, derogatory
  • Unconventional beliefs regarded as having little or no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism, or alternative medicine.

    ‘some kind of metaphysical woo-woo’
    • ‘ For all that he promoted science he seems to have spent a lot of energy on metaphysical woo-woo.’
    • ‘Their education philosophy is full of anti-vaccine woo-woo.’
    • ‘Those who steer clear of anything leaning toward woo-woo may be turned off by the thought of ideas as energy beings.’
    • ‘Applying some kind of spiritual woo-woo to the mother-child bond doesn't make it correct or scientific.’
    • ‘When it started in 1970, Earth Day was part antiwar protest, part nascent environmental worries and part hippie woo-woo.’
    • ‘You've got your new age woo-woo even in red-state Arizona.’
    • ‘Officials and the media have pushed him into a corner by painting his farming methodology as kooky, religious woo-woo.’
    • ‘Their stance on homeopathy, vaccines and other such medical woo-woo is very dangerous to society.’
    • ‘Reluctant as I am to put anyone off with my "woo-woo", I must say that meditation has been extraordinarily helpful.’
    • ‘Some even preach the woo-woo that we can return to an idyllic, more spiritual existence in harmony with the forces of nature.’

adjective

informal, derogatory
  • Relating to or holding unconventional beliefs regarded as having little or no scientific basis, especially those relating to spirituality, mysticism, or alternative medicine.

    ‘quartz crystals that were so popular with the woo-woo crowd’
    ‘phrases like that will prove a little woo-woo for some readers’
    • ‘Some of the things that he has written seem like woo-woo nonsense.’
    • ‘I am a skeptic by nature, and to begin with this all sounded a little woo-woo to me.’
    • ‘Instead of grounding its characters in a convincing world, the film shrouds them in a vague, New Age, woo-woo spirituality.’
    • ‘Like any good doctrine, there is a sprinkling of mysticism and a touchy-feely woo-woo factor that readers can ignore or embrace.’
    • ‘This is gonna sound a little bit airy-fairy and woo-woo for some folks.’
    • ‘I hang out with a pretty woo-woo group of people, and somebody told me this stone is supposed to be calming.’
    • ‘ All the technophobic hippie woo-woo junk science damages their argument.’
    • ‘The gentle woo-woo spirituality of New Age is attractive because it refuses the grinding realities of life spent in the shadow of Wall Street and Hollywood and Silicon Valley.’
    • ‘Mostly what I was left with were some mystical woo-woo books, which I hate because they are not intellectually rigorous.’
    • ‘I totally appreciate the evidence-based info but I also really like the discussions about the things out there that might be considered woo-woo science or controversial.’

Origin

1980s probably in imitation of a wailing sound traditionally attributed to ghosts and humorously associated with mysticism and the supernatural.

Pronunciation

woo-woo

/ˈwo͞oˌwo͞o/ /ˈwuˌwu/