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

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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 Sure, the goose bumps still hit all the way up through the high school days, but nervousness transformed into confidence. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, "Multiple methods to calming those poker nerves," 12 Mar. 2018 Lots of the kids are all right (some are more than all right), and there are even a few goose bump moments. Ellen Gray, Philly.com, "TV picks: 'American Idol,' 'Rise,' 'Timeless,' 'This Is Us' and more," 9 Mar. 2018 There has never been such an exciting 4½ minutes, never been so many tears or goose bumps or chills as Galindo caused. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, "Hometown figure skaters hope to shine in San Jose," 28 Dec. 2017

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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goose bumps

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goose bumps

: 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 \

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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