There are 2 main definitions of gander in English:

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gander 1

Pronunciation: /ˈɡandə/


1A male goose.
Example sentences
  • There are no pelicans to pose a threat to the geese, ganders and goslings.
  • Rival ganders chased one another with necks lowered and wings spread.
  • Cliches about sauce, geese and ganders spring to mind.
2 [in singular] informal A look or glance: take a gander at the luggage, will ya?
From criminals' slang
More example sentences
  • You can look up artists in past issues, view reader art, buy T-shirts or take a gander at their links section.
  • If you could have someone come in and take a gander at your living room, would you let them in the house and what would you like to change?
  • Lest you think this petty criticism, take a gander at the much more informative Los Angeles Times story generated by the same press conference.


[no object] US informal
Look or glance at something: Paulie gandered at shelves full of coffee paraphernalia
More example sentences
  • Don't get me wrong, I love gandering at colorful birds, and no one loves nature more than me, but I draw the line at hugging trees.
  • He stopped to gander at himself in a store window.
  • Might I suggest you gander at a map of lower Manhattan, where you will see a convergence of snakes crossing the water from Jersey and Brooklyn.


Old English gandra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gander, also to gannet.

Words that rhyme with gander

Amanda, Aranda, Baganda, Banda, brander, candour (US candor), coriander, dander, expander, germander, goosander, jacaranda, Leander, Luanda, Lysander, meander, memoranda, Menander, Miranda, oleander, panda, pander, pasanda, philander, propaganda, Rwanda, sander, Skanda, stander, Uganda, understander, Vanda, veranda, withstander, zander
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Gander 2

Pronunciation: /ˈɡandə/
A town on the island of Newfoundland, on Lake Gander; population 9,951 (2006). Its airport served the first regular transatlantic flights during the Second World War.
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