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gooseflesh Line breaks: goose|flesh
Pronunciation: /ˈɡuːsflɛʃ/

Definition of gooseflesh in English:


[mass noun]
A pimply state of the skin with the hairs erect, produced by cold or fright.
Example sentences
  • Seemingly knowing she was petrified, he removed his grasp, let his hand slide up her arm to tangle with her hair, and Linden felt gooseflesh prickle her skin.
  • I look at his smooth black hair, smooth light-brown skin with no gooseflesh, and the ugly naked wood of his kitchen.
  • Her hand caressed his neck, then her fingers stroked up through his hair in a way that caused a tingle to travel all the way down his spine, his skin breaking out in gooseflesh as he shuddered in reaction.


Early 19th century: so named because the skin resembles that of a plucked goose.

Words that rhyme with gooseflesh

parfleche • horseflesh

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