Definition of goose in English:

goose

Syllabification: goose
Pronunciation: /go͞os
 
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noun (plural geese /gēs/)

  • 1A large waterbird with a long neck, short legs, webbed feet, and a short broad bill. Generally geese are larger than ducks and have longer necks and shorter bills.
    • Several genera in the family Anatidae, especially Anser and Branta; most domesticated geese are descended from the greylag
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    • It also has contributed to the decrease of water fowl such as duck, geese, curlew, plover and snipe.
    • Wetlands are a lure for geese, swans, ducks, egrets, storks, herons and the icon of the Camargue, the pink flamingo.
    • Millions of birds - ducks, geese, pelicans, shore birds - use the sea each year.
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  • 1.1The female goose.
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    • The identification mark on the head draws the difference between the female and male variety, goose and the gander.
  • 1.2The flesh of a goose as food.
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    • It is known that oysters, eel, corn bread, goose, venison, watercress, leeks, berries, and plums were eaten, all accompanied by sweet wine.
    • Christmas dinner includes roast pork or goose, blood sausage, sauerkraut, potatoes, and head cheese, with gingerbread cookies for dessert.
    • The traditional Christmas main course is now mushrooming into a smorgasbord of poultry and red meats, with many people offering goose, fillet steak and lamb on top of the perennial turkey and ham.
  • 2 informal A foolish person: “Silly goose,” he murmured fondly
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    • She called me a silly goose earlier… she's a nutcase as well.
    • But if we blithely assume that the second enclosure movement will have the same benign effects as the first, we may look like very silly geese indeed.
    • Lord, you're so good to me… Why am I such a silly goose?
  • 3 (plural gooses) A tailor’s smoothing iron.
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    • A goose is a tailor's iron; a donkey is a special board used for pressing sleeves and the shears are tailoring scissors.

verb

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  • 1Poke (someone) between the buttocks.
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    • Michael Nunn and Billy Trevitt started goosing me in a sensitive spot and I couldn't stop laughing.
    • Never goose anybody with your wand, unless it is specifically called for in the ritual.
    • There are many times I saw him goose her affectionately as he walked by her in the kitchen.
  • 2North American Give (something) a boost; invigorate; increase: the director goosed up the star’s grosses by making him funny
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    • Others like hedge funds have compensation structures that offer them a fraction of the returns generated, and in an atmosphere of low returns, the desire to goose them up increases.
    • Economists generally view rising deficits as a short-term positive, goosing the economy, but as a long-term threat, tending to drive up interest rates.
    • So, you have both sides fighting very hard to make sure that the press isn't goosing the process along.

Phrases

cook someone's goose

see cook.

Origin

Old English gōs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gans and German Gans, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin anser and Greek khēn.

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