gos·​ling | \ ˈgäz-liŋ How to pronounce gosling (audio) , ˈgȯz-, -lən \

Definition of gosling

1 : a young goose
2 : a foolish or callow person

Examples of gosling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sadly, the little gosling was found dead just a few months later. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, "See Birds Dive, Splash and Play in These Prize-Winning Photos," 15 July 2020 Walter Kinzie has had some strange visitors at his new office -- deer, antelopes, four rattlesnakes and a mother goose and her goslings. Kathryn Vasel, CNN, "These folks are working from their cars, and loving it," 18 May 2020 The other day, a procession of cars on a road near Stone Barns Center, the nonprofit educational farm in Pocantico Hills, New York, halted in its tracks to make way for goslings: a gaggle of them, waddling across the pavement. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Blue Hill in a Box," 15 May 2020 As the spring progresses, there will be goslings, which is always a great treat. James Gorman, New York Times, "Geese May Not Inspire You, but They Certainly Take Your Mind off the Virus," 22 Mar. 2020 Intimacy can emerge in a photograph of a father and his children talking while roasting marshmallows or a fluffy gosling cuddled into the safety of its mother’s feathers. National Geographic, "Your best photos of the week, May 10, 2019," 10 May 2019 That is, the scientists had to let a flock of goslings imprint on them so that when the birds matured, the humans could lead them into a wind tunnel and fit them with monitoring equipment. Scientific American, "Test Pilot Geese, Planetary Wrecking Balls and Super AI Vision: The Week’s Best Science GIFs," 6 Sep. 2019 Geese are hatching goslings on little Hat Lake, the meadows are neon green, wildflowers are popping and the views are sensational looking up at Lassen Peak. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "A ‘Midsummer Night’s Spring’ brings Lassen Park to life," 14 Aug. 2019 Update: All six goslings hatched in the morning of Sunday, April 28th. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Watch live: A Canada goose is nesting at National Geographic headquarters," 23 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of gosling

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for gosling

Middle English, from gos goose

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“Gosling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gosling. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gosling

: a young goose


gos·​ling | \ ˈgäz-liŋ How to pronounce gosling (audio) \

Kids Definition of gosling

: a young goose

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