John doesn't actively participate in class discussion, unlike his classmates. He thinks they act a bit overly and he doesn't like to woo the teachers.
Woo has two meanings:
- Try to gain the love of (someone, typically a woman), esp. with a view to marriage.
- Seek the favor, support, or custom of
In the above example, the second meaning is intended, but I wonder if the wide usage of the first meaning will perhaps make the usage of the second meaning seem weird.
What would you think? Are there better alternatives?
PS: is the usage of "overly" correct in the example?