wild goose

noun

Definition of wild goose

plural

wild geese

  1. 1 :  an undomesticated goose: such as a England :  greylag b :  canada goose

  2. 2 :  an Irish Jacobite who left Ireland after the abdication of James II and served in the French army; broadly :  an expatriate Irishman

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Origin and Etymology of wild goose

Middle English wilde gos, from Old English wilde gōs, from wilde wild + gōs goose


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