from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A stubble goose.
  • n. An annual feast of the persons employed in a printing office.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stubble-goose; hence, a fat goose—that is, one ready to kill in harvest-time.
  • n. An entertainment given by an apprentice to his fellow-workmen, of which the goose was the crowning dish; hence, in recent times, a printers' annual dinner, the funds for which are collected by stewards regularly appointed by “the chapel.”


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • The Rev. Skeat's reply was suitably abject at the outset, but, as might be expected, notwithstanding a direct apology, he could not resist commenting on the entirely irrelevant matter of the origin of wayz-goose while attempting to turn the tables on his critic by painting himself as the put-upon, absentminded professor, struggling in his tiny cell against overwhelming numbers of books and the obligations that attend them:

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XVIII No 1


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  • Nominated for woty09.

    December 27, 2009

  • Also wayzgoose.

    November 25, 2009

  • I think this wins, for me at least, "Most Interesting & Eye-catching Front Page Word."

    November 25, 2009