noun \ˈgüs\

: any one of many different kinds of birds that swim, that are larger than ducks, and that have a long neck and webbed feet

: a female goose

: the meat of a goose used as food

plural geese \ˈgēs\

Full Definition of GOOSE

a :  any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi
b :  a female goose as distinguished from a gander
plural goos·es :  a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle
plural goos·es :  a poke between the buttocks

Examples of GOOSE

  1. <don't be such a silly goose—you're dressed just fine for the party>

Origin of GOOSE

Middle English gos, from Old English gōs; akin to Old High German gans goose, Latin anser, Greek chēn
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl



: to touch or pinch (someone) on the buttocks

: to increase the activity or amount of (something)


Full Definition of GOOSE

transitive verb
:  to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust
:  to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of :  spur <an effort to goose newsstand sales>

First Known Use of GOOSE

circa 1880


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of various large, heavy-bodied waterfowl (family Anatidae), especially those of the genera Anser (so-called gray geese) and Branta (so-called black geese), which are found only in the Northern Hemisphere. Intermediate in size and build between ducks and swans, geese are less fully aquatic than either, and their legs are farther forward, allowing them to walk readily. Geese have a specially modified bill for grasping sedges and grasses, their main diet. The sexes are alike in coloration; males (called ganders) are usually larger than females. Both sexes utter loud honking or gabbling cries while in flight or when danger appears. Geese pair for life. Flocks traveling in V-formations migrate between their northern breeding grounds and southern wintering grounds. See also barnacle goose; Canada goose; greylag; nene.


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