\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

Yet liberals often go too far, ignoring the need to preserve the geese that lay the golden eggs. Bobby Jindal, WSJ, "The Roots of Political Polarization," 1 Nov. 2018 The first two months have been fun; the rally goose made for good headlines. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Despite recent losses, Detroit Tigers have momentum on their side," 7 June 2018 Schemmel got the green light and began training, though the effort was nearly derailed when, six weeks before RAAM, Cooper was struck by a goose while riding and suffered a fractured pelvis, four broken ribs and a broken collarbone. Tod Leonard,, "Movie recounts baseball broadcaster's gutsy, harrowing bike race across America," 18 May 2018 Playing the Cratchits in an adaption of A Christmas Carol, Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog prepare a roast goose as Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas present look on from outside the window. Staff, Woman's Day, "20 Perfectly Paired Christmas Movie and Dinner Combos," 12 Dec. 2017 And today, at my family house in the Hamptons, my mother has all these different types of duck, chicken, and goose — not to mention miniature goats, a donkey, and even an Emu! Amanda Hearst, Marie Claire, "Friends of Finn to Host the Cruelty to Kindness Gala!," 25 May 2011 In 2009, a U.S. Airways plane carrying 155 people encountered a flock of Canadian geese upon takeoff -- birds were sucked into both engines causing them to fail, leaving the jet without power while only a few thousand feet in the air. CBS News, "9 years after "Miracle on the Hudson," FAA proposes new test for engine bird strikes," 6 July 2018 Headlines that include geese typically are something like this or this. Bob Strickley,, "3 headlines you may have missed: 💩 in New Richmond, calorie counts, y'all use this app?," 7 May 2018 Don't swim in still or overcrowded areas where goose poop has been able to fester and grow. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Blast of heat reminds Alaskans how to keep their cool while playing hard," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Its first scene is an extended hallucination in which Peter Ksander’s set, goosed by Keith Skretch’s video, appears to flicker and spasm. New York Times, "Review: ‘This Was the End,’ a Spectral Riff on Chekhov," 10 June 2018 The latter set, like Ghost’s Prequelle, is goosed by sales generated from a ticket/album sale redemption offer. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Kanye West Earns Eighth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Ye'," 10 June 2018 In 2017, goosed by the Facebook marketing machine, the Stories feature really took off. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Is Snapchat over? These users were miffed even before celebrities like Rihanna blasted the app," 27 Mar. 2018 And much of that push is coming from activist hedge funds, many of which are incentivized to goose their own investment returns in the near term. Clifton Leaf, Fortune, "Why Companies That Manage for The Long Term Perform Far Better. And Why Most Still Don’t," 21 May 2018 The Chinese company is now ramping up capacity to goose sales, while developing OLED screens in hopes of catching a wave of longer-term business., "Apple Supplier Is Worst China Performer After Screen Prices Drop," 18 June 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)

: 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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