goose·​neck ˈgüs-ˌnek How to pronounce gooseneck (audio)
often attributive
: something (such as a flexible jointed metal pipe) curved like the neck of a goose or U-shaped
: a truck trailer (as for transporting livestock) with a projecting front end designed to attach to the bed of a pickup truck
goosenecked adjective

Examples of gooseneck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boiled gooseneck barnacles, for instance, which have been compared to dinosaur toes. Pete Wells, New York Times, 19 Sep. 2023 The most important of the carts wheeled out the day’s selection of seafood (gooseneck barnacles smelling of Galicia, red shrimp the size of small lobsters). Matt Goulding, Travel + Leisure, 7 July 2023 Whereas the Ford Super Duty can pull up to 40,000 pounds with a gooseneck hitch, the Titan XD can only handle 11,050 pounds with the same type of setup. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 15 Aug. 2023 Dubbed The Macdonald, the 32-foot-long (9.7-meter-long) tiny home is built on top of a gooseneck trailer, which is easier to tow than the usual bumper tow trailer. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 9 Aug. 2023 Beyond that is the master bedroom, which is situated above the gooseneck. Kimberley Mok, Treehugger, 9 Aug. 2023 Its Kayenta campground is perfect for stargazing, but the view from its Dead Horse Point observation platform—above a gooseneck in the Colorado River—is truly spectacular. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 16 July 2023 However, those massive capacities require the diesel engine, regular cab, rear-wheel drive, the dual-rear-wheel axle, and a gooseneck hitch. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 1 May 2023 This can be paired with a proprietary gooseneck fan that fits into the elbow’s opening and acts like electric bellows—producing glowing coals in as little as 3 minutes. Melissa Mayer, Field & Stream, 30 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1688, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of gooseneck was in 1688

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“Gooseneck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

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goose·​neck ˈgü-ˌsnek How to pronounce gooseneck (audio)
: something (as a flexible jointed metal pipe) curved like the neck of a goose or U-shaped
goosenecked adjective

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