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

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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 Turkey, duck, pheasants and geese would have been plentiful in the area, Begley said. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "The first Thanksgiving: Rethinking the feast at Plymouth, Massachusetts nearly 400 years ago," 27 Nov. 2019 Genghis Khan is said to have introduced it to Central Europe, and Germanic people served it with sausage and goose. Christina Tkacik,, "Sauerkraut is a Baltimore Thanksgiving tradition, and it’s good for you, too.," 25 Nov. 2019 Much of the increase in the goose population has been driven by a few specific subspecies that thrive in corn and rice fields, according to Brasher. Jordan Sillars, National Review, "Killing Animals to Save Them? Hunting as Conservation," 23 Nov. 2019 On a ship where cuisine regularly excels, expect over-the-top menus with things like roast whole goose with truffled duck jus. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Five Great Holiday Cruises Worth Taking," 13 Nov. 2019 Federal law for decades has demanded the use of steel and other nontoxic shot for duck and goose hunting. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Minnesota DNR rejects request for ban on lead ammunition, fishing tackle," 4 Nov. 2019 Sir Oswald Mosley, leader of the hapless British Union of Fascists in the 1930s, tends to be remembered as a goose-stepping goon, who had somehow failed to notice that his country just wasn’t that kind of place. The Economist, "When fascists and Jews battled on the streets of London," 19 Oct. 2019 Be Prepared,’’ steeped in shadows and complete with goose-stepping hyenas pledging their fealty to the dastardly Scar, intent on both regicide and fratricide., "‘The Lion King’ is still a feast for the eyes — and the heart, too - The Boston Globe," 10 Oct. 2019 The parade rumbled for hours through through Tiananmen Square, involving 580 tanks, 160 fighter jets and bombers, and 15,000 goose-stepping soldiers. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "China’s High-Tech Progress Isn’t All Peaceful—Data Sheet," 2 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, Come Tomorrow’s first-week sales were goosed by a concert ticket/album sale redemption offer. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "Tool's 'Fear Inoculum' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week For a Rock Album in Over 1 Year," 8 Sep. 2019 To goose sales, both Macy’s and J.C. Penney have inked deals with online consignment outlet thredUP, which reflects the weak demand for the fashions currently on their racks. Los Angeles Times, "Target and Walmart shrug off tariffs and signal consumers are just fine," 21 Aug. 2019 Covenants can also be undermined when borrowers goose their earnings by, for instance, claiming savings from ambitious cost-cutting programs that may never come to pass. Kelsey Butler | Bloomberg, Washington Post, "How Private Credit Soared to Fuel Private Equity Boom," 22 Sep. 2019 For stocks, lower rates can goose prices higher because stocks suddenly look more attractive than bonds. Washington Post, "Q&A: How can stocks cheer while bonds can’t find a friend?," 20 June 2019 Posner’s annotative antics can seem as inapt as a doctor goosing a patient on a gurney. Los Angeles Times, "Review: At the Getty Villa, Sophocles gets wounded in Aaron Posner’s revamp of ‘Philoctetes’," 6 Sep. 2019 Then there’s businessman Andrew Yang, a tech exec who refuses to wear ties to the debates and is pledging to give everyone free cash every month to goose the economy. Philip Elliott, Time, "The September Democratic Debate is a Key Test for an Unsettled Field," 11 Sep. 2019 Trump is clearly convinced that the Fed chair is trying to destroy his reelection chances by not lowering interest rates to goose the economy past the 2020 finish line. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Without a Suitable Enemy, Trump Is Adrift," 28 Aug. 2019 For stocks, lower rates can goose prices higher because stocks suddenly look more attractive than bonds. CBS News, "Why are stocks soaring while bonds signal gloom?," 21 June 2019

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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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2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Goose.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of goose

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: any one of many different kinds of birds that swim, that are larger than ducks, and that have a long neck and webbed feet
: a female goose
: the meat of a goose used as food



English Language Learners Definition of goose (Entry 2 of 2)

US, informal
: to touch or pinch (someone) on the buttocks
: to increase the activity or amount of (something)


\ 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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