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

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

The journey took five weeks, and once spring swung around, every one of the geese found their way back to the lake in Sweden. Robin Aigner, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Man, a Tiny Aircraft, and a Flock of Geese: Flying Among Birds in France," 22 July 2019 Your character may be tested in December when a new romance or a wild goose chase could distract you from essentials. Tribune Content Agency,, "Horoscope for July 16, 2019: Scorpio, discuss financial strategies with family; Aquarius, follow the leader," 16 July 2019 Adding insult to injury, the social outcasts’ rebellion against Mufasa’s autocratic regime is explicitly associated with the imagery of goose-stepping Nazis. Dan Hassler-forest,, "Commentary: ‘The Lion King’ is a fascistic story. No remake can change that," 10 July 2019 Explore with care and steer clear of anglers casting lines and gaggles of marauding geese. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Fun summer hikes in Arizona: These hidden little lakes attract wildlife, hikers and anglers," 5 July 2019 Security followed, and the whole thing looked like a wild goose chase until cameras found Klein and projected him onscreen, surrounded by fans with a huge grin on his face. Ellise Shafer, Billboard, "LANY Return to the Stage in L.A. With Electric Energy, Vibrant Visuals: Recap," 28 June 2019 Tens of thousands of geese make an annual pilgrimage there to, among other things, feed on grass. National Geographic, "Why day-old geese jump off cliffs—and how some survive," 28 Mar. 2019 That includes poop – from dogs, geese, raccoons, deer, any animal, Goodman said. Laura Johnston,, "How you can help clean the future of the Cuyahoga River: Cuyahoga50," 18 June 2019 Highlights at this week’s market include a variety of eggs (chicken, duck, goose, turkey, guinea and quail), storage crops and huge selection of pork cuts. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Take an urban food tour, get your rhubarb fix, plus fresh greens and radishes," 7 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In other parts of the Bay Area, Masching says many realtors are now purposely underpricing homes to goose interest and stimulate a bidding war. Karen D'souza, The Mercury News, "Bidding wars plummet as Bay Area housing market cools," 9 Aug. 2019 By making borrowing cheaper, low rates can also help goose the economy. CBS News, "Stocks swoon to their worst week of the year," 2 Aug. 2019 Maybe Cauley-Stein is just renting himself to the Warriors to goose his market value. Scott Ostler,, "Maybe Warriors’ party is just getting started," 10 July 2019 According to TMZ Sports, Nike stock shares have since gone up 2 percent, which has goosed the company’s coffers to the tune of $3 billion. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Nike rakes in $3 billion after Colin Kaepernick calls foul on shoe," 5 July 2019 According to TMZ Sports, Nike stock shares have since gone up 2 percent, which has goosed the company’s coffers to the tune of $3 billion. Gary Peterson, The Denver Post, "Nike rakes in $3 billion after Colin Kaepernick calls foul on shoe," 6 July 2019 Still, Trump continues to blame the Fed for not doing more sooner to goose an economy that, according to most metrics, was not in need of additional goosing. Jeanna Smialek,, "US economic expansion is about to set a record, but Trump says Fed ‘Blew It’," 24 June 2019 Today's Headlines San Francisco's e-cigarrette ban aims to goose the FDA This week, San Francisco city officials banned the sale and delivery of e-cigarettes (like the popular Juul brand) until they are approved by the FDA. Alex Baker-whitcomb, WIRED, "San Francisco's Juul Ban, an All-Electric Airplane, and More News," 21 June 2019 The number of stock-keeping units over that time increased by 20%, and the number of flavors grew from 11 to 18, as the company tried to goose sales by tapping into new tastes. Paul Page, WSJ, "Absolut Mixes Machine Learning Into Its Spirits Supply Chain," 9 May 2019

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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 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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