noun (plural gooseberries)
- 1A round edible yellowish-green or reddish berry with a thin translucent hairy skin.More example sentences
- Apples, crab apples, gooseberries, and some plums and grapes usually contain enough natural pectin to form a gel.
- Outdoor-grown rhubarb is the only indigenous fruit till the gooseberries and very early strawberries show their faces next month.
- ‘Josta’ berry takes the looks of a gooseberry, removes the thorns, and makes it sweeter.
- 2The thorny European shrub which bears gooseberries.
More example sentences
- Ribes grossularia, family Grossulariaceae
- Every time my gooseberry bush starts to bear fruit, it develops a fungus.
- There were figs, walnuts, mulberries, apples, pears, damsons, gooseberries, elderberries, raspberries - and chickens, which we had inherited from the previous owners.
- To the rear of Old Hall is a large walled garden that has lawns and a variety of plants and shrubs, as well as strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, rhubarb, plum and apple trees.
- 3British • informal A third person in the company of two people, especially lovers, who would prefer to be alone: they didn’t want me playing gooseberry on their first date[from gooseberry-picker, referring to an activity used as a pretext for the lovers to be together]More example sentences
- I was playing gooseberry at Sunday lunch in Dunbrody House, Wexford.
- I stayed for the next two days, but seeing Beth and Steve together made me feel a bit of a gooseberry.
mid 16th century: the first element perhaps from goose, or perhaps based on Old French groseille, altered because of an unexplained association with the bird.
More definitions of gooseberryDefinition of gooseberry in:
- The US English dictionary