\ 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

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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 Thank God that Nick Saban, the goose who lays the golden footballs, is going to be around at least for a few more years. Mike Bianchi,, 21 July 2021 The fries, which are made from Chipperbeck potatoes, are first blanched in Dom Perignon Champagne and J. LeBlanc French Champagne Ardenne Vinegar before being cooked three times in pure goose fat from Southwest France. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 13 July 2021 The birds are gull-shaped but goose-sized, and cast an intimidating shadow on the Southern Ocean food web. Jake Buehler, Smithsonian Magazine, 13 July 2021 Hazel and Burlyn Cooper have lived for decades butted up against a railroad track near Bradshaw Mountain, with a menagerie of animals, including DH the turtle, Big Mommy the horse, and Squeakers the baby goose. NBC News, 17 June 2021 Police officers have been trained to goose-step in the Chinese military fashion, replacing decades of British-style marching. New York Times, 29 June 2021 No is the obvious answer — fundamentally because no living thing likes to get shot, shot at, or, specific to non-target ducks during the coming teal and early goose seasons, disturbed by shooting. Star Tribune, 26 June 2021 Felix also dropped a goose bump-inducing video for Saysh on Instagram that showed off her medals and C-section scar again, this time in a close-up view. Korin Miller,, 24 June 2021 The fetus secreted in Bishop Winstrup’s coffin was presumed to be his grandson, and the latrines of medieval Jewish houses in Oxford revealed the presence of goose bones and an absence of pig bones. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In order to achieve the cartoonishly large muscles achieved by most comic-book superheroes, film and TV adaptations have to goose the visuals a little bit. Christian Holub,, 12 July 2021 Brady could certainly goose the TV ratings Tuesday by offering a hint., 1 July 2021 That includes record-low interest rates and the monthly purchase of $120 billion in bonds meant to goose the job market and economy. Arkansas Online, 20 May 2021 The news is welcomed by many animal rights groups and campaigners who have protested for years against the brand’s use of coyote fur and goose down in their famed fur parker jackets. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 27 June 2021 Just a few years ago, after all, IMF economist Olivier Blanchard argued that the Federal Reserve should be targeting inflation of 4% to help goose economic growth and give central bankers more latitude to move rates. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, 16 June 2021 Inflation may prove less transitory than hoped if the Biden Administration’s spending plans goose demand while its tax and regulatory policies constrict supply. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 14 June 2021 The Bruins simply didn’t goose them over the goal line after all the effort to get the puck there., 8 June 2021 That includes record-low interest rates and the monthly purchase of $120 billion in bonds meant to goose the job market and economy. Arkansas Online, 20 May 2021

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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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25 Jul 2021

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“Goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of goose (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal
: to touch or pinch (someone) on the buttocks
: to increase the activity or amount of (something)


\ 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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