Definition of gosling in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈɡäzliNG/


A young goose.
Example sentences
  • An aggressive Canada goose supervised its goslings while ducks enjoyed bread offered by a child.
  • Police are investigating Sunday's shooting when the goose and her three young goslings were used as target practice.
  • Spatial variation in growth of Barnacle Goose goslings and Lesser Snow Goose goslings also has been related to variation in food abundance.


Middle English (originally gesling): from Old Norse gǽslingr, from gás 'goose' + -ling, later altered by association with goose.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: gos·ling

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.