goose bumps

plural noun
Updated on: 11 Jan 2018

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

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First Known Use of goose bumps

1933


GOOSE BUMPS Defined for English Language Learners

goose bumps

noun

Definition of goose bumps for English Language Learners

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


GOOSE BUMPS Defined for Kids

goose bumps

noun plural

Definition of goose bumps for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

goose bumps

noun plural \ ˈgüs-ˌbəmps \

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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