Goose | Definition of Goose by Merriam-Webster

goose

noun \ ˈgüs \

Definition of goose

plural geese play \ˈgēs\
1 a :any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi
b :a female goose as distinguished from a gander
2 :simpleton, dolt
3 plural gooses :a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle
4 plural gooses :a poke between the buttocks

Examples of goose in a Sentence

  1. don't be such a silly goose—you're dressed just fine for the party

Recent Examples of goose from the Web

  • Although to be fair, my place is more like staying at your family's weekend home on a goose farm—with a quirky aunt who lives in the barn loft and stocks the kitchen with scrumptious foods and local wine and then leaves you alone.
    connie cunningham as told to julekha dash, Country Living, "I Hated Bed and Breakfasts, So I Decided to Open My Own," 23 Aug. 2017
  • Four decades later, Adrian Webster still gets goose bumps reliving his greatest Sounders moments.
    geoff baker, The Seattle Times, "1977 Sounders team to relive ‘special’ Soccer Bowl memories," 17 Aug. 2017
  • The look of Dany’s dragons on the show was inspired by geese and cat behavior.
    peggy truong, Cosmopolitan, "26 Mind-Blowing Game of Thrones Facts Only a Superfan Would Know," 16 Aug. 2017
  • There are flocks of geese and ducks, soaring Swainson’s hawks (all nicknamed Gloria — Gloria Swainson, get it?), osprey and great horned owls.
    maria l. laganga, idahostatesman, "From contemporary to ‘Mad Men’ chic — midcentury gems highlight Boise home tour," 14 Aug. 2017
  • The alt-right — not those prone to cavorting in sheets or goose-stepping, but the kind of people who view Breitbart News as their daily bread and mobilized for Trump’s presidential candidacy — has reciprocated this embrace avidly.
    ed kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Don’t Look Now, But Alt-Right Demonstrations Are Scheduled for Nine Cities Next Weekend," 14 Aug. 2017
  • The two teams traded goose eggs for the next five innings, before Aberdeen put up two runs in the top of the eighth.
    allan vought, The Aegis, "IronBirds drop second straight by one run Monday, return home half game out of first," 7 Aug. 2017
  • The movie currently has an incredible 0 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which puts it comfortably in the company of goose eggs like Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.
    hillary busis, vanityfair.com, "Nobody Likes The Emoji Movie," 28 July 2017
  • The movie currently has an incredible 0 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which puts it comfortably in the company of goose eggs like Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, National Lampoon’s Gold Diggers, and Police Academy: Mission to Moscow.
    hillary busis, HWD, "Nobody Likes The Emoji Movie," 28 July 2017

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Origin and Etymology of goose

Middle English gos, from Old English gōs; akin to Old High German gans goose, Latin anser, Greek chēn

goose Synonyms

Synonyms
berk [British], booby, charlie (also charley) [British], cuckoo, ding-a-ling, dingbat, ding-dong, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, git [British], fool, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo
Related Words
daredevil; madman, madwoman; airhead, birdbrain, blockhead, cretin, dodo, dolt, donkey, dope, dork [slang], dumbbell, dummy, dunce, fathead, gander, goon, half-wit, idiot, ignoramus, imbecile, know-nothing, knucklehead, moron, numskull (or numbskull), pinhead, schlub (also shlub) [slang], schlump [slang], schnook [slang], stock; featherbrain, scatterbrain; butt, dupe, laughingstock, mockery, monkey; chump, loser, schlemiel (also shlemiel); character, codger, crackbrain, crackpot, crank, kook, oddball, screwball, weirdo
Near Antonyms
sage, thinker; brain, genius

Other Birds Terms

aerie, bunting, clutch, covey, hackle, ratite, rictus, ruff, skein, zygodactyl


2

goose

verb

Definition of goose

goosed; goosing
transitive verb
1 :to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust
2 :to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of :spur
  • an effort to goose newsstand sales

Recent Examples of goose from the Web

  • Jacksonville Jaguars (3-13): Jags defense added veteran Calais Campbell to what could be pretty stout unit, and top-pick running back Leonard Fournette should goose the offense.
    greg cote, miamiherald, "See who’s No. 1 and where Dolphins land in our annual NFL Team Rankings," 30 Aug. 2017
  • Established in 1926, with 177 boutiques worldwide, the Greek high-end textiles company finally sets up shop in Manhattan to sell their high-thread-count sheets, waffle robes, and goose-down pillows.
    katy schneider, The Cut, "The Most Exciting New Stores Opening in New York This Fall," 22 Aug. 2017
  • Given Trump’s single-minded obsession with making deals and goosing U.S. manufacturing jobs, as well as his susceptibility to Saudi flattery, his administration is unlikely to stand up to our most troublesome ally anytime soon.
    jonah shepp, Daily Intelligencer, "The United States Is Complicit in the Destruction of Yemen," 8 Aug. 2017
  • Will an attempt by producers to goose sales of one of the most acclaimed musicals of the past season inadvertently lead to its premature demise?
    david rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "Will Casting Controversy Hasten the Closing of Broadway's 'Great Comet?'," 29 July 2017
  • The Department of Justice has so far ignored that request, prompting CoAI to file a lawsuit aimed at goosing it to comply.
    michelle cottle, The Atlantic, "The War on the Freedom of Information Act," 23 July 2017
  • While a streetcar loop will likely goose property values even more and spur additional development, its use as a practical method of transportation has been a nagging question.
    neal broverman, Los Angeles Magazine, "4 Neighborhoods That Need a Streetcar More Than DTLA," 19 July 2017
  • Or P&G, with $14 billion in cash on its books, could decide to announce a sizable stock repurchase plan that could goose shares.
    alexander coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "Job cuts? Sale? What will P&G do to fight off hedge fund?," 18 July 2017
  • SeaWorld’s dance party — dubbed Club Sea Glow — also was goosed for 2017.
    dewayne bevil, OrlandoSentinel.com, "SeaWorld plugged in this summer," 29 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'goose.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of goose

circa 1880



GOOSE Defined for English Language Learners

goose

noun

Definition of goose for English Language Learners

  • : any one of many different kinds of birds that swim, that are larger than ducks, and that have a long neck and webbed feet

  • : a female goose

  • : the meat of a goose used as food


goose

verb

Definition of goose for English Language Learners

  • : to touch or pinch (someone) on the buttocks

  • : to increase the activity or amount of (something)


GOOSE Defined for Kids

goose

noun \ ˈgüs \

Definition of goose for Students

plural geese \ˈgēs\
1 :a waterbird with webbed feet that is related to the smaller duck and the larger swan
2 :a female goose
3 :the meat of a goose used as food

Learn More about goose

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Examples: goose in a Sentence

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Goose Paper Plate Project


learning printables for kids

For this project you need one large paper plate.  Cut out a half circle from the plate as shown.  Cut the neck area shorter too.  Cut a triangle

For more paper plate projects check out this link.