\ ˈgüs \
plural geese\ ˈgēs \

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

berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo

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Examples of goose in a Sentence


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sharp then compares running a university to a goose hunt, which is confusing for a second but then makes perfect sense. Andy Staples,, "The Message Behind the Money: How Texas A&M Landed Jimbo Fisher," 28 June 2018 City police said Wilson contacted them soon afterward to admit running down several geese. Don Stacom,, "Waterbury Man, 70, Charged With Driving Over Geese," 10 June 2018 Construction crews had just finished one of two new pens for agriculture students’ hens, geese and pheasants Wednesday evening, fortified with strong fencing. Shelby Webb, Houston Chronicle, "Dog attack leaves more than 100 birds dead at Furr HS agriculture pen," 31 May 2018 When algae blooms occur in the Western Lake Erie Basin, the food sources that ducks and geese need for survival are greatly reduced and sometimes eliminated. Mi Clear, Detroit Free Press, "MI CLEAR brings together diverse groups to reduce algae blooms in Lake Erie," 20 June 2018 The taro puffs filled with goose liver at Dynasty, a fancy place your upstanding grandparents might take you for Sunday lunch, were like a dim sum dish reimagined at Le Cordon Bleu. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 Last year, unhealthy levels of e. coli bacteria caused by dog and goose poop forced the closure of Quinn's Pond and Esther Simplot Park ponds. Katy Moeller, idahostatesman, "This subdivision almost had its own dog park. Boise said yes, then no. Here's why. | Idaho Statesman," 23 May 2018 Now big women are back in vogue, and the custom of funneling rich food into young girls like geese farmed for foie gras is once again thriving unchecked. Abigail Haworth, Marie Claire, "Forced to Be Fat," 21 July 2011 Replacement of the degenerating joints isn’t an option for a goose. Karen Weintraub, New York Times, "Doctor, Your Patient Is Waiting. It’s a Red Panda.," 29 June 2018

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With its 10nm CPUs long overdue, Intel has continued to goose its existing 14nm process for ever higher clock speeds. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Razer's Blade Stealth gets a long-awaited upgrade to GeForce graphics and a Whiskey Lake CPU," 4 Dec. 2018 These were the six valves that would operate the tank’s real controls in the absence of human hands: moving treads, goosing the throttle. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 Hints of the old Tiger have tantalized fans and goosed TV ratings. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Will You Pay to Watch Tiger and Phil?," 23 Aug. 2018 Security improvements Sunny Cove will also be the first CPU cores to include hardware mitigation for Variant 3 and L1TF side-channel attacks that goose data by exploiting how CPUs prefetch data to improve performance. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Surprise! Intel reveals 10nm Sunny Cove CPU cores that go deeper, wider, and faster," 12 Dec. 2018 The film, which brought Temple to national attention, works on the conceit that FDR wants performing artists to boost Depression-era American spirits, thereby goosing the economic outlook and bringing the nation out of its slump. Harper's BAZAAR, "The Dangers of Parenting a Beautiful Daughter," 6 June 2017 Since on balance Republican voters have shown more concern about SCOTUS than Democrats (as reflected in 2016 exit polls), a national obsession over the topic might goose GOP turnout disproportionately. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "How Will the SCOTUS Confirmation Fight Affect the Midterms?," 28 June 2018 But a strong market for safeties among well-to-do women goosed production, and competition among manufacturers reduced prices, making the bikes affordable to more would-be riders — and further fueling demand. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wheel, the Woman, and the Human Body," 6 July 2018 Murphy said there's still time to sell the cuts — especially if wages are rising and GOP candidates make the case the tax cuts deserve some credit for goosing economic growth. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Here's why the tax cuts are such a hard sell for Republicans," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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 \
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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