Gain access to thousands of additional definitions and advanced search features—ad free! JOIN NOW
: resembling a goose
: affected with goose bumps : scared
: very nervous
: reacting strongly when goosed or startled
Keep scrolling for more
aflutter, antsy, anxious, atwitter, dithery, edgy, het up, hinky [slang], hung up, ill at ease, insecure, jittery, jumpy, nervous, nervy, perturbed, queasy (also queazy), tense, troubled, uneasy, unquiet, upset, uptight, worried
calm, collected, cool, easy, happy-go-lucky, nerveless, relaxed
1811, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Resources for goosey
go our/their/your several ways
Time Traveler for goosey
See more words from the same year
More from Merriam-Webster on goosey
See words that rhyme with goosey
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for goosey
Comments on goosey
What made you want to look up goosey? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).
by force of circumstances
Get Word of the Day daily email!
Difficult Vocab Quiz
Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!
Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.
Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!
Read this into the night.
A common word, but only by a whisker
Semantic bleaching and the power to amaze
Cans of worms, wild-goose chases, and more
And is one way more correct than the others?
The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
The awkward case of 'his or her'
Another round of challenging vocab!
(Secret October WOTD Quiz)
SCRABBLE® fans, sharpen your skills!