goose | Origin and meaning of goose by Online Etymology Dictionary

goose (n.)

"a large waterfowl proverbially noted, I know not why, for foolishness" [Johnson], Old English gos "a goose," from Proto-Germanic *gans- "goose" (source also of Old Frisian gos, Old Norse gas, Old High German gans, German Gans "goose"), from PIE *ghans- (source also of Sanskrit hamsah (masc.), hansi (fem.), "goose, swan;" Greek khen; Latin anser; Polish gęś "goose;" Lithuanian zasis "goose;" Old Irish geiss "swan"), probably imitative of its honking.
Geese are technically distinguished from swans and from ducks by the combination of feathered lores, reticulate tarsi, stout bill high at the base, and simple hind toe. [Century Dictionary]
Spanish ganso "goose" is from a Germanic source. Loss of "n" sound before "s" is normal in English (compare tooth). Plural form geese is an example of i-mutation. Meaning "simpleton, silly or foolish person" is from early 15c. To cook one's goose first attested 1845, of unknown origin; attempts to connect it to Swedish history and Greek fables are unconvincing. Goose-egg "zero" first attested 1866 in baseball slang, from being large and round. The goose that lays golden eggs (15c.) is from Aesop.

goose (v.)

"jab in the rear," c. 1880, from goose (n.), possibly from resemblance of the upturned thumb to a goose's beak, or from the notion of creating nervous excitement. Related: Goosed; goosing. In 19c. theatrical slang, to be goosed meant "to be hissed" (by 1818). A broad range of sexual slang senses historically cluster around goose and gooseberry; goose and duck was rhyming slang for "fuck;" Farmer identifies Winchester goose as "a woman; whence, by implication, the sexual favor," and goose as a verb "to go wenching, to womanize, also to possess a woman." He also has goose-grease for a woman's sexual juices, while gooser and goose's neck meant "the penis." Gooseberries (they are hairy) was "testicles," and gooseberry pudding "a woman."


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  (go͞os) n. pl. geese (gēs) 1. a. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, and especially of the genera Anser, Branta, and Chen, characteristically having a shorter neck than that of a swan and a shorter, more pointed bill than that of a duck. b. The female of such a bird. c. The flesh of such a bird used as food. 2. Informal A silly person. 3. pl. goos·es A tailor's pressing iron with a long curved handle. 4. Slang A poke, prod, or pinch between or on the buttocks. tr.v. goosed, goos·ing, goos·es Slang 1. To poke, prod, or pinch (a person) between or on the buttocks. 2. To move to action; spur: goosed the governor to sign the tax bill. 3. To give a spurt of fuel to (a car, for example); cause to accelerate quickly: "The pilot goosed his craft, powering away" (Nicholas Proffitt). [Middle English goos , from Old English gōs ; see ghans- in Indo-European roots .]


( ɡuːs ) n , pl geese ( ɡiːs ) pl gooses 1. (Animals) any of various web-footed long-necked birds of the family Anatidae: order Anseriformes. They are typically larger and less aquatic than ducks and are gregarious and migratory. See also brent goose , barnacle goose , greylag , snow goose 2. (Animals) the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (gander) 3. informal a silly person 4. (Knitting & Sewing) a pressing iron with a long curving handle, used esp by tailors 5. (Cookery) the flesh of the goose, used as food 6. all his geese are swans he constantly exaggerates the importance of a person or thing 7. cook someone's goose informal a. to spoil someone's plans b. to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc 8. kill the goose that lays the golden eggs to sacrifice future benefits for the sake of momentary present needs. See also golden goose [Old English gōs; related to Old Norse gās, Old High German gans, Old Irish gēiss swan, Greek khēn, Sanskrit hainsas ]


( ɡuːs ) vb ( tr ) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind n , pl gooses a playful prod in the behind [C19: from goose 1 , probably from a comparison with the jabbing of a goose's bill]



n., pl. geese for 1, 2, 4, 8, 9; goos•es for 5–7; n. 1. any of numerous wild or domesticated web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, esp. of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks. 2. the female of this bird (disting. from gander ). 3. the flesh of a goose, used as food. 4. a silly or foolish person; simpleton. 5. Slang. a. a poke between the buttocks to startle. b. something that energizes or rouses; a prod. 6. a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle. v.t. 7. to poke between the buttocks to startle. 8. a. to prod or urge to action or reaction. b. to add strength, vigor, numbers, etc., to (often fol. by up ). Idioms: cook someone's goose, Informal. to ruin someone's chances or future. Slang. [before 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (pl. gēs ), c. Old Frisian, Middle Low German gōs, Middle Dutch, Old High German gans, Old Norse gās; akin to Skt haṅsa, Greek chḗn, Latin ānser ]


Past participle: goosed
Gerund: goosing

Imperative goose goose Present I goose you goose he/she/it gooses we goose you goose they goose Preterite I goosed you goosed he/she/it goosed we goosed you goosed they goosed Present Continuous I am goosing you are goosing he/she/it is goosing we are goosing you are goosing they are goosing Present Perfect I have goosed you have goosed he/she/it has goosed we have goosed you have goosed they have goosed Past Continuous I was goosing you were goosing he/she/it was goosing we were goosing you were goosing they were goosing Past Perfect I had goosed you had goosed he/she/it had goosed we had goosed you had goosed they had goosed Future I will goose you will goose he/she/it will goose we will goose you will goose they will goose Future Perfect I will have goosed you will have goosed he/she/it will have goosed we will have goosed you will have goosed they will have goosed Future Continuous I will be goosing you will be goosing he/she/it will be goosing we will be goosing you will be goosing they will be goosing Present Perfect Continuous I have been goosing you have been goosing he/she/it has been goosing we have been goosing you have been goosing they have been goosing Future Perfect Continuous I will have been goosing you will have been goosing he/she/it will have been goosing we will have been goosing you will have been goosing they will have been goosing Past Perfect Continuous I had been goosing you had been goosing he/she/it had been goosing we had been goosing you had been goosing they had been goosing Conditional I would goose you would goose he/she/it would goose we would goose you would goose they would goose Past Conditional I would have goosed you would have goosed he/she/it would have goosed we would have goosed you would have goosed they would have goosed Thesaurus Antonyms Related Words Synonyms Legend: Switch to new thesaurus Noun 1. goose - web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks anseriform bird - chiefly web-footed swimming birds Anatidae , family Anatidae - swimming birds having heavy short-legged bodies and bills with a horny tip: swans; geese; ducks gosling - young goose gander - mature male goose Anser cygnoides , Chinese goose - very large wild goose of northeast Asia; interbreeds freely with the greylag Anser anser , graylag , graylag goose , greylag , greylag goose - common grey wild goose of Europe; ancestor of many domestic breeds blue goose , Chen caerulescens - North American wild goose having dark plumage in summer but white in winter brant , brant goose , brent , brent goose - small dark geese that breed in the north and migrate southward Branta canadensis , Canada goose , Canadian goose , honker - common greyish-brown wild goose of North America with a loud, trumpeting call barnacle goose , Branta leucopsis , barnacle - European goose smaller than the brant; breeds in the far north goose down - down of the goose goose - flesh of a goose (domestic or wild) gaggle - a flock of geese 2. goose - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool goose - a man who is a stupid incompetent fool bozo , cuckoo , fathead , goof , goofball , jackass , twat , zany fool , muggins , saphead , tomfool , sap - a person who lacks good judgment 3. goose - flesh of a goose (domestic or wild) goose - web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks poultry - flesh of chickens or turkeys or ducks or geese raised for food Verb 1. goose - pinch in the buttocks; "he goosed the unsuspecting girl" nip , pinch , tweet , twinge , twitch , squeeze - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle" 2. goose - prod into action egg on , prod , incite - urge on; cause to act; "The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window" 3. goose - give a spurt of fuel to; "goose the car" pump - operate like a pump; move up and down, like a handle or a pedal; "pump the gas pedal"


noun Related words
adjectives anserine , anserous
male gander
young gosling
collective nouns gaggle , skein


noun Informal. One deficient in judgment and good sense: ass , fool , idiot , imbecile , jackass , mooncalf , moron , nincompoop , ninny , nitwit , simple , simpleton , softhead , tomfool . Informal: dope , gander . Slang: cretin , ding-dong , dip , goof , jerk , nerd , schmo , schmuck , turkey . Translations إِوَزَّة إوَزَّه، وَزَّه husa gås Gans χήνα ansero ganso oca hani غاز hanhi oie guska libalúd angsa gæs oca sciocco stupido ferro da stiro marciare col passo dell'oca ガチョウ 거위 žąsisjis ir musės nenuskriausžąsies oda zoss gans gås gęś ganso gansa гусь hus gos гуска gås ห่าน kaz гуска con ngỗng


[guːs] (geese ( pl )) A. N ( domestic ) → ganso/a m/f , oca f ; ( wild ) → ánsar m
to cook sb's goose → hacer la santísima a algn
to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs → matar la gallina de los huevos de oro B. VT (= prod ) → meter mano a C. CPD goose bumps NPL = gooseflesh goose pimples NPL = gooseflesh


[ˈguːs] [ geese ] [ˈgiːs] ( pl ) n (= bird ) → oie f


n pl <geese> (lit, inf) → Gans f ; silly little goose! (inf) → dummes Gänschen ! (inf) ; all his geese are swans → bei ihm ist immer alles besser ; to kill the goose that lays the golden eggs → das Huhn schlachten , das die goldenen Eier legt vt (inf) → einen Klaps auf den Hintern geben (+dat) (inf)


: goose bumps pl , goose flesh n → Gänsehaut f gooseneck lamp n → Bogenleuchte f goose pimples pl (Brit) → Gänsehaut f goose step n → Stechschritt m goose-step vi → im Stechschritt marschieren


[guːs] n (geese ( pl )) → oca
the goose that lays the golden eggs → la gallina dalle uova d'oro
don't be such a goose! ( fam ) → non essere così stupido !


( guːs ) – plural geese (giːs) – noun a web-footed animal like a duck, but larger. The farmer's wife keeps geese. gans إوَزَّه، وَزَّه гъска ganso husa die Gans gås χήνα ganso hani غاز hanhi oie אווז हंस guska liba angsa gæs oca がちょう 거위 žąsis zoss angsa gans gås gęś غاز،قاز ganso gâscă гусь hus gos guska gås ห่าน kaz 鵝 гуска; гусак بط ngỗng 鹅 ˈgoose-flesh noun , ˈgoosepimples , ( American ) ˈgoosebumps noun plural small bumps on the skin caused by cold or fear. قَشْعَريرَه arrepio die Gänsehaut gåsehud ανατριχίλα piel de gallina kananahk kananliha chair de poule merinding gæsahúð pelle d'oca 鳥肌 (추위로 생기는) 소름 þàsies oda zosāda kippenvel gåsehud gęsia skórka په مخ باندي كوچني بخارونه pele de galinha piele de găină мурашки husia koža kurja polt gåshud อาการขนลุก ürpermiş/diken diken olmuş deri 雞皮疙瘩 鸡皮疙瘩 he etc wouldn't say boo to a goose he etc is very timid. جَبان não mataria uma mosca je to strašpytel äußerst furchtsam ikke gøre en kat fortræd είναι πολύ ντροπαλός es un miedica ta kardab oma varjugi arkajalka c'est une poule mouillée pemalu meinlaus; feiminn, óframfærinn e' buono come il pane おくびょうな 매우 수줍어 하다 jis ir pan. ir musės nenuskriaus viņš nevar pat mušu no deguna nodzīt hij etc brengt nog geen muis aan het schrikken ikke gjøre en katt fortred شرمندوك não mataria uma mosca el este un găgăuţă он и мухи не обидит je to strachopud nikomur ne bi skrivil lasu inte våga tala för sig ขี้ขลาด çok çekingen, utangaç , kimsenin tavuğuna kış diyemez 非常膽小的 胆小的


→ إِوَزَّة husa gås Gans χήνα ganso , oca hanhi oie guska oca ガチョウ 거위 gans gås gęś ganso гусь gås ห่าน kaz con ngỗng 鹅

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    Brooklyn Bowl
    Brooklyn NY

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    Funk 'N Waffles Music Hall
    Rochester, NY

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    Monopole Bar
    Plattsburgh, NY

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    Gypsy Sally's
    Washington, DC

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    Stanhope House
    Stanhope, NJ

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    The Abbey Bar
    Harrisburg, PA

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    The Hollow
    Albany, NY

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    Arch Street Tavern
    Hartford, CT

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    Burlington, VT

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    Ocean Mist
    Wakefield, RI

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    The 8x10
    Baltimore, MD

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    Doc Taylor's
    Virginia Beach, VA

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    The Whiskey
    Wilmington, NC

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    Crossbones Tavern
    Greenville, NC

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    Norwalk, CT

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    Wednesday 11/22
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    One Stop
    Asheville, NC

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    Thursday 11/30
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    The Pour House
    Charleston, SC

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    The Funky Biscuit
    Boca, FL

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    Thursday 12/07
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    Jupiter, FL

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    Friday 12/08
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    Dunedin Brewery
    Dunedin, FL

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    Saturday 12/09
    9PM - 1AM
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    Still Partners
    Sea Cliff, NY

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