\ ˈgüs How to pronounce goose (audio) \
plural geese\ ˈgēs How to pronounce goose (audio) \

Definition of goose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi
b : a female goose as distinguished from a gander
3 plural gooses : a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle
4 plural gooses : a poke between the buttocks


goosed; goosing

Definition of goose (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust
2 : to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of : spur an effort to goose newsstand sales

Synonyms for goose

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of goose in a Sentence

Noun don't be such a silly goose—you're dressed just fine for the party
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All those goose eggs, frame after frame, threatened to waste so many of the rock-solid corners of the game the team has delivered 29 games in. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 As regular deliveries of the luxurious goose liver paté have dried up, Lombard has been scheduling emergency meetings with local producers. Xu Xiaofei, CNN, 7 May 2022 The gourmet product is made from duck and goose livers that are enlarged by forcibly feeding the birds through tubes. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 May 2022 Jonathan’s goose looked to be somewhere between well-done and blackened. al, 4 May 2022 Being the only sport with any hope of raising revenue, football became the goose producing the gold to pay for new softball fields and polo coaches. Kay S. Hymowitz, WSJ, 2 May 2022 Many products come from farming friends, such as this day’s supply of chicken, turkey and goose eggs from nearby Zachry Farms in Norton. Lynne Sherwin, cleveland, 8 Apr. 2022 Enlarge / Untitled Goose Game is a silly puzzle game about being an annoying goose. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, 26 Mar. 2022 Cloudlike baffles stuffed with 700-fill goose down conform to your chest like a gentle hug, while supple reflective gold lining amplifies your body’s natural heat. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, 29 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Japan and China, policymakers are still trying to goose their economies. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, 13 May 2022 The economy continues to expand, and there’s no sign of recession, but the shame is that growth could be so much healthier if policy makers hadn’t piled on the spending to goose demand while ignoring the supply-side incentives to work and produce. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 7 Jan. 2022 Down, which comes from ducks or geese, provides better insulation and doesn't tend to be as heavy as down-alternative counterparts; duck down is lighter than goose down. Glamour, 16 Mar. 2022 Word is the show’s promoter, AEG, has been debating that very question in an effort to goose ticket sales. Shirley Halperin, Variety, 3 Apr. 2022 Every wrinkle the academy has introduced to try to goose ratings seems to backfire before the show even reaches the air. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 There have been cases of schools churning out more short-term certificates or lowering academic standards to goose their completion numbers. Preston Cooper, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 For millions of Americans outside New York City — where Trump was largely viewed as nothing more than a carnival barker — the cartoon character that Zucker and Co. had drummed up to goose ratings was becoming real. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 11 Mar. 2022 The company’s shares have been on a wild ride, reaching a high of $72.62 in June as a passionate social media fanbase sought to goose the stock. Jennifer Maas, Variety, 1 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of goose


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


circa 1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for goose


Middle English gos, from Old English gōs; akin to Old High German gans goose, Latin anser, Greek chēn

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14 May 2022

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“Goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for goose


\ ˈgüs How to pronounce goose (audio) \
plural geese\ ˈgēs \

Kids Definition of goose

1 : a waterbird with webbed feet that is related to the smaller duck and the larger swan
2 : a female goose
3 : the meat of a goose used as food

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