\ 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 The new series, which is inspired by an immersive alternate-reality game, focuses on four regular people who have been selected to attend the Jejune Institute, a mysterious retreat that takes them on a wild goose chase to find Clara. Shannon Carlin,, "The Cast Of AMC’s Dispatches From Elsewhere Features A Former Freak & An OutKast," 29 Feb. 2020 From the balcony, Xi presided over fifteen thousand goose-stepping troops and phalanxes of tanks and jets—five hundred and eighty pieces of equipment in all. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, "The Future of America’s Contest with China," 6 Jan. 2020 The Guardian reports the shutdown of nearly 20,000 wildlife farms, which raised species including peacocks, civets, porcupines, ostriches, wild geese, and boar. National Geographic, "Why do we cover the world's wildlife?," 27 Feb. 2020 The 51 animals rescued include 39 dogs, seven chickens, two goats, one horse, one cat and one goose, according to SPCA officials. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "51 animals rescued from 'deplorable' Hitchcock home," 7 Feb. 2020 None of the calls had anything to do with crops: The aviation officials were panicked about the geese, ospreys, and egrets gathering by their runways in unprecedented numbers. Brendan I. Koerner, Wired, "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! The Midair Collisions Menacing Air Travel," 24 Jan. 2020 Mine is the honk of Canadian geese, which takes me back to life as a 20-year-old student, living in halls after a break-up. Fay Bound Alberti, Quartz, "The problem with medicalizing loneliness," 25 Nov. 2019 Unlike WarnerMedia, Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, Apple hasn't moved to secure a Friends- or Seinfeld-style golden goose, instead focusing on buzzy originals like The Morning Show and Dickinson. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "Apple TV+ Ads Ruled the Emmys. Here’s What That Means for the Service’s Strategy," 23 Sep. 2019 Meats and dairy: Bovine, lamb, sheep, ham, geese, quail, sausage, milk, cream, yogurt, sour cream, butter and cheeses. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Cutting interest rates, meanwhile, is all about goosing demand for goods and services. Tim Fernholz, Quartz, "The market doesn’t need a rate cut—it needs Trump to take coronavirus more seriously," 3 Mar. 2020 Thinsulate, a synthetic alternative to goose down, adds warmth. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Gear for Not Trudging Through the Snow," 17 Dec. 2019 But the dancing — Gillian Lynne’s choreography, goosed by Andy Blankenbuehler — is as thrilling as ever. New York Times, "Mission Impawsible: How Much ‘Cats’ Can a Person Take?," 21 Jan. 2020 To ensure a somewhat even distribution of candidates — and help goose ratings — the network conducted a series of random drawings aimed at sprinkling the top-tier candidates over both nights. Los Angeles Times, "What time is the July Democratic presidential debate this week and who will be on stage?," 29 July 2019 But Apple’s forecast for the December quarter suggests the gains the company has enjoyed from goosing its prices may be ebbing. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Apple’s Juice Runs Out," 1 Nov. 2018 The lawsuit and attendant publicity have helped goose action from all sides. Henry Schulman,, "A former Giants prospect’s biggest win could help thousands in minor leagues," 8 Jan. 2020 The Federal Reserve lowered its key interest rate for the first time in a decade in late July and followed with two more cuts in September and October, spurring more borrowing and economic activity and goosing the stock market. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "A booming jobs report isn't an all-clear signal for the economy," 9 Dec. 2019 Made of 100 percent pure cotton, the breathable topper ditches goose feathers—which can trigger allergies in some—but still feels super soft, cozy, and lightweight. Rachel Sokol,, "This Cooling Mattress Pad May Be the Solution to Your Sleep Woes," 19 Nov. 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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The first known use of goose was before the 12th century

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24 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Goose.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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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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