from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (adj) Relating to or resembling a goose, or the skin of a goose: sometimes applied to the skin when roughened by cold or disease (goose-flesh).
- (adj) Stupid as a goose; foolish; silly.
- (adj) Specifically, in ornithology, resembling a goose or duck so closely as to be included in the family Anatidae; being one of the Anatidae.
It is all very easy for you, middle-aged reader, sitting over this page in the broad daylight, to call me by all manner of asinine and anserine unchristian names, because I had these fancies running through my head.
You are the state's hired hand, Charlie boy -- duly employed to remain at Austin and display your anserine ignorance in the governor's office.
Since then he had respected her person, but to the day of his death he had cursed her for anserine stupidity.
This word comes from the Latin ‘anserinus,’ pertaining to geese.