noun (1)
gan·​der | \ ˈgan-dər How to pronounce gander (audio) \

Definition of gander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an adult male goose
2 : simpleton


noun (2)
plural ganders

Definition of gander (Entry 2 of 2)

: look, glance take a gander Those intrigued by such oddities … will surely find Stuart Kelly's "Book of Lost Books: An Incomplete History of All the Great Books You'll Never Read" worth a gander.— Joe Queenan … trying to step back for a good gander at the art in the Guggenheim.— Charles Taylor … had no choice but to push to the front of the horde and through some glass doors to get a gander at what was going on.— Rick Barrs

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First Known Use of gander

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

circa 1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gander

Noun (1)

Middle English gandre, gander, going back to Old English gandra, ganra, going back to Germanic *gan-ra- (whence Middle Low German ganre "male goose," Upper German dialect Gander, Ganter), derivative from the base of Germanic *gan-s- "goose" — more at goose entry 1

Noun (2)

probably derivative of gander entry 1, from the goose-like appearance of a person stretching to look at something

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“Gander.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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gan·​der | \ ˈgan-dər How to pronounce gander (audio) \

Kids Definition of gander

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a male goose



Kids Definition of gander (Entry 2 of 2)

: a look or glance Take a gander at that new bicycle.

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