\ ˈgüs How to pronounce goose (audio) \
plural geese\ ˈgēs How to pronounce goose (audio) \

Definition of goose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3 plural gooses : a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle
4 plural gooses : a poke between the buttocks


goosed; goosing

Definition of goose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

Synonyms for goose

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of goose in a Sentence

Noun don't be such a silly goose—you're dressed just fine for the party
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jane Manchun Wong, a 28-year-old tech blogger in Hong Kong, is most excited for the goose emoji. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, 12 Aug. 2022 In the goose calling competition, Chance Wadwsworth took the 2022 state title, with Jacob Johnson in second and Cole Vertz in third. Paul A. Smith, Journal Sentinel, 3 Sep. 2022 Considered an invasive species, the Egyptian goose has made its way into South Florida neighborhoods with mixed reactions from residents. Scott Luxor, Sun Sentinel, 2 Sep. 2022 But after leading her battalion in a wild goose chance around Middle-Earth, her followers have grown tired. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 2 Sep. 2022 Unless, of course, the goose is the one dictating the wage regulations. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, 9 Aug. 2022 In a sign of the growing similarities between Hong Kong and mainland Chinese law enforcement, Friday marks the official adoption of the goose-step march of the Chinese military as the parade-step of the city’s police. Christian Shepherd, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 The poems — about war, God, love, Afghan history, migration, and Rilke — will leave you goose-bumped and weeping. The Week Staff, The Week, 22 Aug. 2022 Their next project: a forest of 134 fruit and nut trees, which could eventually be maintained by sheep and chickens, with a turkey or goose to protect them. Rory Linnane, Journal Sentinel, 17 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Oh, the Emmy producers did try to goose the telecast a little this year, in an effort to keep last year’s rise in viewership moving upward. Matthew Gilbert,, 12 Sep. 2022 Traditionally, Pommes de Terre Sarladaise is made with just 3 ingredients: potatoes, garlic and fat, usually duck or goose fat. Caron Golden, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Sep. 2022 But the advance to historically high levels stands to goose inflation, push consumers into poverty and pile pressure on energy-intensive industries experiencing a wave of factory closures. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 Known for its oversized cushions, goose feather fill and sophisticated style, Restoration Hardware's Cloud Modular Sofa is designed to feel as cozy as a cloud — if that wasn't obvious from the name. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 31 Aug. 2022 In another effort to goose sales, Peloton is redesigning its bikes so customers can assemble them at home and will explore letting users beam its content to rival workout machines. Jennifer Ryan, Fortune, 25 Aug. 2022 In another effort to goose sales, Peloton is redesigning its bikes so customers can assemble them at home and will explore letting users beam its content to rival workout machines., 24 Aug. 2022 Autumn Night/Hailey Savage swans into (read: crashes) a party of high rollers in order to goose a bid for the Pynk. Dawn Burkes, Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2022 In addition, economists question if the holidays really goose more spending or simply move around when the spending is done. Gabriela Lopez Gomes, Forbes, 25 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goose


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


circa 1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for goose


Middle English gos, from Old English gōs; akin to Old High German gans goose, Latin anser, Greek chēn

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More Definitions for goose


\ ˈgüs How to pronounce goose (audio) \
plural geese\ ˈgēs \

Kids Definition of goose

1 : a waterbird with webbed feet that is related to the smaller duck and the larger swan
2 : a female goose
3 : the meat of a goose used as food

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