\ 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

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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 When Spangler approached, the goose fluttered about 40 away. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Denton County neighborhood unsettled by dart attacks on local wildlife," 31 July 2020 This was a good sign that the falcons had established themselves, Fish said, and a bad sign for the goose. Steve Rubenstein,, "Peregrine falcons swoop into Alcatraz, and here come the chicks," 31 July 2020 Many early goose seasons run for 15 days, but some can last more than a month. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 As August arrives, you could be distracted by a wild goose chase, so keep your feet planted firmly on the ground and don't let wishful thinking interfere with the business at hand. oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 10, 2020: Happy birthday Chiwetel Ejiofor; Aquarius, you’re in love with love," 10 July 2020 What's good for the goose may not be good for the gander. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for July 8, 2020: Happy birthday Milo Ventimiglia; Leo, find the best deal," 8 July 2020 Duck and goose calls are also a necessity, plus a lanyard to hang them on. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 Down pillows are soft, lofty pillows filled with duck or goose feathers. Jillian Mueller, Better Homes & Gardens, "These 10 Expert-Recommended Cooling Pillows Will Give You Your Best Night's Sleep," 25 June 2020 Still, the right-wing political-media complex, with Trump at its apex, continues to chase the ideological golden goose of antifa. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "Trump’s Antifa Derangement Syndrome," 15 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This saves you from having to buy both duck and goose decoys right away. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt Ducks and Geese," 26 June 2020 Republicans have accused his administration of goosing coronavirus statistics to scare Ohioans. Campbell Robertson, New York Times, "As Governors Urge Caution on Reopening, G.O.P. Lawmakers Rebel," 7 May 2020 Positive samples might be loaded with a high concentration of antibodies, goosing the odds that the test will find them. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "The FDA’s new standards for Covid-19 antibody tests leave room for error," 7 May 2020 Winchester’s Inflex technology recoil pad directs recoil downward, taking some of the sting out of heavy buckshot or goose loads. Joseph Albanese, Field & Stream, "9 New and Used Shotguns for Hunting and Home Defense," 24 Apr. 2020 The risk from the Vision Fund’s ties to the Saudis comes as the fund is taking on more debt to goose returns. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "SoftBank CEO Denounces Khashoggi Killing But Says Firm Will Keep Saudi Partnership," 5 Nov. 2018 The coronavirus pandemic has goosed sales at bankrupt San Antonio retailer Gabriel’s Liquor, but that may not save its family owners from losing control of the business. Patrick Danner,, "Coronavirus pandemic boosts liquor sales, but it may not save Gabriel’s owners from losing control of business," 27 Mar. 2020 Meanwhile, heat from the warming tropical Atlantic has goosed the Walker Circulation, an equatorial pattern that drives the Pacific trade winds. Paul Voosen, Science | AAAS, "Global warming is speeding up Earth‘s massive ocean currents," 5 Feb. 2020 The prices will likely be goosed even more by bids from streaming services. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "The NFL is ready to score a huge payday after shaking off controversies," 30 Jan. 2020

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

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5 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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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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