noun (plural geese /giːs/)
- 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.
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- Several genera in the family Anatidae; most domesticated geese are descended from the greylag
- 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.
- 1.1A female goose.More example sentences
- The identification mark on the head draws the difference between the female and male variety, goose and the gander.
- 1.2 [mass noun] The flesh of a goose as food.More 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 fondlyMore example sentences
- 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.More 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.
verb[with object] • informal Back to top
- 1Poke (someone) in the bottom.More 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: the government’s desire to goose the tired housing marketMore 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.