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 Cool, moist skin with goose bumps in the heat, heavy sweating, faintness, dizziness, fatigue, weak and rapid pulse, low blood pressure when standing, muscle cramps and nausea. Matthias Gafni, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Aug. 2021 Actor Jeff Daniels triggers goose bumps while reading moving passages. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 Winterer, now retired, said his 1996 interview with Fitzgerald still gives him goose bumps. Star Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 That heightens the senses, that intensifies the ambiance, that summons the goose bumps. Mark Zeigler, San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Apr. 2021 Owning the big stage Now a Memphis Grizzlies guard and in his sixth year in the NBA, Tyus Jones still gets goose bumps watching the NCAA tournament. Marcus Fuller, Star Tribune, 2 Apr. 2021 But Brockmeier isn’t out to raise goose bumps, though easily spooked readers no doubt will shiver here and there. Washington Post, 16 Mar. 2021 But through no fault of two hard-working actors, Robert Goodale and Daniel Easton, goose bumps prove frightfully difficult to provoke. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2019 Several companies, including Mysteries of Hawaii (mysteries-of-hawaii.com) and Oahu Ghost Tours (www.oahughosttours.com) offer intrepid attendees a chance to learn Hawaiian mythology, spirituality and a few tall tales to give goose bumps. Valerie Stimac, SFChronicle.com, 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of goose bumps

1933, in the meaning defined above

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“Goose bumps.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goose%20bumps. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for goose bumps

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 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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