from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of various wild or domesticated water birds of the family Anatidae, and especially of the genera Anser and Branta, characteristically having a shorter neck than that of a swan and a shorter, more pointed bill than that of a duck.
- n. The female of such a bird.
- n. The flesh of such a bird used as food.
- n. Informal A silly person.
- n. A tailor's pressing iron with a long curved handle.
- n. Slang A poke, prod, or pinch between or on the buttocks.
- transitive v. Slang To poke, prod, or pinch (a person) between or on the buttocks.
- transitive v. Slang To move to action; spur: goosed the governor to sign the tax bill.
- transitive v. Slang To give a spurt of fuel to (a car, for example); cause to accelerate quickly. "The pilot goosed his craft, powering away” ( Nicholas Proffitt).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck
- n. The flesh of the goose used as food.
- n. A stupid person
- n. A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
- n. A young woman or girlfriend.
- v. To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
- v. To stimulate, to spur.
- v. To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
- v. Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserinæ, and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, and several allied genera. See Anseres.
- n. Any large bird of other related families, resembling the common goose.
- n. A tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle, which resembles the neck of a goose.
- n. A silly creature; a simpleton.
- n. A game played with counters on a board divided into compartments, in some of which a goose was depicted.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Any bird of the family Anatidæ and subfamily Anserinæ, of which there are about 40 species of several genera, as well as different varieties of the domesticated bird. See phrases below.
- n. A silly, foolish person; a simpleton: in allusion to the supposed stupidity of the domestic goose, inferred from its somewhat clumsy appearance and motions.
- n. A tailors' smoothing-iron: so called from the resemblance of its handle to the neck of a goose.
- n. A game of chance formerly common in England.
- n. A piece used in the game of fox and geese.
- n. The European graylaggoose.
- To hiss at; hiss down; condemn by hissing.
- n. In keno, the globe from which the numbered balls are withdrawn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. pinch in the buttocks
- v. give a spurt of fuel to
- n. a man who is a stupid incompetent fool
- v. prod into action
- n. flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)
- n. web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks
Middle English goos, from Old English gōs.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English gōs, from Proto-Germanic *gans, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰans (compare West Frisian goes, North Frisian göis (also Fering-Öömrang dialect gus; Sölring dialect guus; Heligoland dialect gus), Dutch gans, German Gans, Danish gås, Swedish gås, Norwegian gås, Icelandic gæs, Irish gé, Latin ānser, Latvian zùoss, Russian гусь (gus'), Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν (chén), Avestan 𐬰𐬁 (zā), Sanskrit हंस (haṃsa)). (Wiktionary)