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goose

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noun \ˈgüs\

Definition of goose

plural

geese

play \ˈgēs\
  1. 1a :  any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsib :  a female goose as distinguished from a gander

  2. 2 :  simpleton, dolt

  3. 3 plural gooses :  a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle

  4. 4 plural gooses :  a poke between the buttocks

Examples of goose in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of goose

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


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goose

verb

Definition of goose

goosed

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goosing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust

  3. 2 :  to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of :  spur an effort to goose newsstand sales

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First Known Use of goose

circa 1880



GOOSE Defined for English Language Learners

goose

play
noun

Definition of goose for English Language Learners

  • : 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

goose

verb

Definition of goose for English Language Learners

  • : to touch or pinch (someone) on the buttocks

  • : to increase the activity or amount of (something)


GOOSE Defined for Kids

goose

play
noun \ˈgüs\

Definition of goose for Students

plural

geese

\ˈgēs\
  1. 1 :  a waterbird with webbed feet that is related to the smaller duck and the larger swan

  2. 2 :  a female goose

  3. 3 :  the meat of a goose used as food



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