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 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 As soon as 24 hours after hatching, goslings need to leave the nest to feed on grass, which their parents do not and cannot feed them. National Geographic, "Why day-old geese jump off cliffs—and how some survive," 28 Mar. 2019 The real hazards are the predators—mainly Arctic foxes, but also glaucous gulls—that await the goslings on their route from the cliff bottom to the water’s edge. National Geographic, "Why day-old geese jump off cliffs—and how some survive," 28 Mar. 2019 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

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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 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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