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Syllabification: goose
Pronunciation: /ɡo͞os

Definition of goose in English:

noun (plural geese /ɡēs/)

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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
1.1The female goose.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • A goose is a tailor's iron; a donkey is a special board used for pressing sleeves and the shears are tailoring scissors.


[with object] informal Back to top  
1Poke (someone) between the buttocks.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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.


cook someone's goose

see cook.

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