goose

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noun

plural geese ˈgēs How to pronounce goose (audio)
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: any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi
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: a female goose as distinguished from a gander
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plural gooses : a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle
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plural gooses : a poke between the buttocks

goose

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verb

goosed; goosing

transitive verb

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: to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust
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: to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of : spur
an effort to goose newsstand sales

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
Next month, Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks (FWP) will consider a measure that would open waterfowl hunting on an 87-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River in a part of the Big Sky State known for great goose hunting. Travis Hall, Field & Stream, 28 Mar. 2024 Related article Stunning photographs capture starlings migrating through Europe Ryan Stalker, who took the winning image, explains that the goose barnacles attached to the football are not a native to the UK but sometimes wash up on its shores during Atlantic storms. Nell Lewis, CNN, 14 Mar. 2024 Colusa County is known for sprawling rice farms and almond orchards, wetlands full of migrating ducks and geese, staunch conservative politics, and the 19th-century family cattle ranch where former Gov. Jerry Brown retired five years ago. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 17 Mar. 2024 In Szechuan cuisine, duck and goose intestines are considered a delicacy. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Such a move would release pressure on the financial system and goose prices for investments. Yuri Kageyama, Quartz, 6 Mar. 2024 This material comes from the underside fluff of waterfowl, namely ducks and geese, characterized by a cluster of light filaments around a central quill. Brianna Kamienski, The Arizona Republic, 23 Feb. 2024 And maybe, instead of telling the goose what’s good for her, the gander needs to find cooler colleagues of his own to flock with. Karla Miller, Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2024 This envy-inducing option, available in bright colors, is insulated with 600-fill-power goose down. Gabrielle Porcaro, Travel + Leisure, 12 Nov. 2023
Verb
To relieve the logjam, manufacturers or dealers could offer car buyers incentives to goose sales and move vehicles off dealer lots, creating space for those rerouted from Baltimore, Tang noted. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, 28 Mar. 2024 The British marque melds them brilliantly, using hybrid architecture that employs a motor to goose an all-new V-6 engine; its superb power train is just one reason why the editors chose it as their Car of the Year. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 If the measure were to pass this month, TikTok’s Chinese parent company, ByteDance, would be forced to sell the app by September, two months before voters head to the ballot box — and Democrats are reliant upon young voters to goose turnout in key swing districts. Aaron Schaffer, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024 Bogusz’ exit comes after CBS orchestrated a record-setting ad haul for Super Bowl LVIII — more than $600 million, goosed in part by the match between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs going into overtime. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 13 Mar. 2024 On Tuesday, six people were arrested for smuggling raw duck and goose intestines from China, through Los Angeles, and to New York, The New York Times reported. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2024 Jack brings on a parapsychologist (Laura Gordon) and a teen who survived a Satanic church's mass suicide to goose ratings but instead unleashes evil. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 Made from recycled down, more specifically a combination of reclaimed duck and goose down, this jacket will keep the kiddos warm all season long. Casey Clark, Parents, 5 Mar. 2024 With a mix of goose feathers and goose down filling, the comforter has a medium weight, and the outside is made of breathable cotton. Lauren Taylor, Southern Living, 16 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

circa 1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goose was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Goose.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goose. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

goose

noun
ˈgüs
plural geese
ˈgēs
1
a
: any of numerous birds with long necks that are larger than the related ducks and smaller than swans
b
: a female goose in contrast to a gander
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: a person lacking in common sense
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plural gooses : an iron with a gooseneck handle used by tailors for smoothing clothes

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