gos·​ling | \ˈgäz-liŋ, ˈgȯz-, -lən\

Definition of gosling 

1 : a young goose

2 : a foolish or callow person

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All of these geese without goslings get out of town in summer. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Canada geese grouping up before molt migration," 9 June 2018 Witnesses say two cars had stopped to allow the geese to cross when Wilson passed the vehicles on the shoulder and ran over several goslings, killing at least one. BostonGlobe.com, "Connecticut man faces cruelty charges after running over Canada geese," 11 June 2018 Once the goslings are born, the mother goose has nothing to feed them and no way to get them down to the ground. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "A goose lays eggs on a Chicago woman's roof. What's she supposed to do?," 15 May 2018 Four goslings hatched, just the first wave in an avian population boom. John Kelly, Washington Post, "Duck, duck, geese: It’s the time of year when waterways are full of water birds," 26 June 2018 But since goslings can’t fly, the danger lies in its altitude, a statement from the rescue league said. Alana Levene, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s that time of year again . . . when geese are rescued from WGBH rooftop," 23 May 2018 Wild geese and newborn goslings roam the grassy fields near small white statues of angels. Washington Post, "A rare look at NYC’s potter’s field, home to 1 million dead," 26 May 2018 On a warm afternoon in May, a pair of geese and their gaggle of goslings waddle single file over broken pavement and shaggy patches of weeds on their journey to the edge of the Chicago River. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Neighborhoods / News / Politics Chicago's next great park? Hardly," 21 May 2018 Instead, Carlotta spread her wings and the goslings gathered underneath. Mary Schmich, chicagotribune.com, "A goose lays eggs on a Chicago woman's roof. What's she supposed to do?," 15 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of gosling

: a young goose


gos·​ling | \ˈgäz-liŋ \

Kids Definition of gosling

: a young goose

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playful or foolish behavior

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