\ ˈgüs-ˌstep How to pronounce goose-step (audio) \
goose-stepped; goose-stepping; goose-steps

Definition of goose-step

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to march in a goose step
2 : to practice an unthinking conformity

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Definition of goose step (Entry 2 of 2)

: a straight-legged stiff-kneed step used by troops of some armies when passing in review

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Synonyms & Antonyms for goose-step

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of goose-step in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The goose step is also used by North Korea and was performed by the military in Nazi Germany. Washington Post, "Beijing won total control over Hong Kong. Now, the ‘brainwashing’ begins.," 20 Apr. 2021 The tap-tap-tap of the goose step, dancing right up to my door. Laura Moser, The New Yorker, "My Grandfather Fled the Nazis. I Moved to His Old Neighborhood," 18 Apr. 2021 Then suddenly, the honor guard switched to the goose step, but only for short time, less than a dozen paces. Brad Lendon, CNN, "Hong Kong marks National Security Education Day with goose-stepping police and riot cop souvenirs," 15 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of goose-step


1879, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goose-step was in 1806

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“Goose-step.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goose step

: a way of marching by kicking your legs forward very high and not bending your knees

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