goose bumps

plural noun

Definition of goose bumps

: a roughness of the skin produced by erection of its papillae especially from cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement

Examples of goose bumps in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Amatza Gutiérrez, a student from the Mexican capital, said the idea of a shooter targeting Mexicans because of their ethnicity gives her goose bumps. Amy Guthrie, Fortune, "El Paso Shooting Is ‘Act of Terrorism’ Against Mexicans, Mexico Says," 5 Aug. 2019 It’s late May and the room’s temperature is set to goose bumps. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The irresistible authenticity of Gayle King," 11 June 2019 While the temples have crumbled, seeing the omphalos gave me goose bumps, and left me awe-struck over Delphi’s sublime place in history. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Sailing fans get goose bumps when the windjammers of Penobscot Bay open this festival by sailing en masse into the picturesque harbor with flags and banners flying. BostonGlobe.com, "Native American Festival and Basketmakers Market," 14 June 2016 Virginia Smith, Fashion Director After two weeks in Europe, over 65 shows, numerous presentations, and never-ending resees, my most memorable goose bumps-inducing moment of the season goes back to Pyer Moss in New York. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Our Very Favorite Moments From the Spring 2019 Collections," 10 Oct. 2018 My arms broke out in goose bumps when the Moses solos filled the hall with rich notes. Pam Mandel, Longreads, "Exodus in the Ozarks," 5 June 2018 That passage gives me goose bumps, a credit to Koryta’s descriptive powers. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Missing Bodies, Missing Killers, Deadly Missed Opportunities," 25 May 2018 Once again, the homestretch duels between the United States and Jamaica, with fans of both countries yelling their lungs out, will generate plenty of goose bumps. Joe Juliano, Philly.com, "What you need to know about the 2018 Penn Relays," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of goose bumps

1933, in the meaning defined above

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goose bumps

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goose bumps

chiefly US, informal : small bumps on your skin that are caused by cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement

goose bumps

noun plural

Kids Definition of goose bumps

: a roughness of the skin caused by cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement

goose bumps

noun plural
\ ˈgüs-ˌbəmps How to pronounce goose bumps (audio) \

Medical Definition of goose bumps

: a roughness of the skin produced by erection of its papillae especially from cold, fear, or a sudden feeling of excitement

called also goose pimples

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