Definitions

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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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 , Latin ānser, Latvian zùoss, Russian гусь (gus'), Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν (chén), Avestan 𐬰𐬁 (zā), Sanskrit हंस (haṃsa)). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Michaelmas goose is said to owe its origin to Queen Elizabeth's dining on one at the table of an English baronet on that day when she received tidings of the dispersion of the Spanish Armada, in commemoration of which she ordered the _goose_ to make its appearance every Michaelmas.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 14, No. 392, October 3, 1829

  • December 5th, 2009 11: 57 am ET game on, sarah. i th ink the media ought to dig into this woman's past associations, her conflicts of interest as governor – everything. what's good for the goose is also good for the gander. one question i would like to have answered – why did it take her 5 or 6 colleges to get a degree in communications – only to be a 'C' average student?

    Palin defends Obama birth certificate inquiries

  • While nearly perfect for upland game, they will happily retrieve out of water, but may be a bit on the small side for retrieving larger birds like Canadian Geese (especially, if the goose is alive and struggling).

    Who Wrote The Dogs Out?

  • What's sauce for the goose is a light gravy for the gander

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  • It doesn't matter if he wins NC because his goose is already cooked!

    Clinton gaining on Obama in North Carolina

  • What good for the goose is also good for the gander.

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  • Milton had his foot to the floor, engaging what he called the goose gear.

    Middlesex

  • A piece of his mast being yet standing, he made what they call a goose-wing sail, that is, a little piece of the sail out, just to keep the boat steddy, and with this we got up as high as

    Notes and Queries, Number 44, August 31, 1850

  • Can the alleged Hindoo phenomenon be identical with what we call goose flesh -- French frisson?

    Primitive Love and Love-Stories

  • The dressing of beechnuts proved a rare success, but the preparation proved so long a process that only the delicate young bird made ready for the table where Mistress Brewster presided was thus honored, although in after times Priscilla often made what she called goose-dressing; and when a few years later some sweet potatoes were brought to Plymouth from the Carolinas, she at once adopted them for the same purpose.

    Standish of Standish A story of the Pilgrims

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  • "When basic finger technique is well established, a few simple tunes are introduced... Once this is securely grasped, it is time for the pipes themselves. Instructors sometimes move beginners towards this stage via an instrument called a 'goose' which comprises a bag, blowpipe, and chanter only."
    —William Donaldson, Pipers: A Guide to the Players and Music of the Highland Bagpipe (Edinburgh: Birlinn, 2005),11

    July 27, 2008