- the male of the goose.Compare goose(def 2).
- Slang. a look: Take a gander at his new shoes.
Origin of gander
- a town in E Newfoundland, in Canada: airport on the great circle route between New York and northern Europe.
Examples from the Web for gander
Headwinds forced a landing at Gander, in Newfoundland, in the middle of a blizzard.The New Fear of Flying After MH370
March 31, 2014
Then you get a gander at the full monty, as it were, and he looks like someone inflated him from the sternum down.The Christie Girth
December 14, 2012
Under both the law and the ethics governing armed conflicts, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.What’s Wrong With Awlaki’s Killing
Stephen L. Carter
September 30, 2011
What was sauce for the Michael Dukakis goose, is sauce for the Michael Huckabee gander.The GOP Frontrunner Curse
December 2, 2009
Just take a gander at trips planned for Richard Nixon by Henry Kissinger or for George H. W. Bush by James Baker.Amateur Hour at the White House
Leslie H. Gelb
November 22, 2009
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: take that in your thought too.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
He did not dare to go out for fear the gander would bite him again.
The goose and gander heard it too, and ran and looked down into a deep hole.
Nurse had gone down cellar and the gander was in the goose-house.
Nurse picked Tommy up and shut the door so the gander could not get in.
- a male goose
- informal a quick look (esp in the phrase take (or have) a gander)
- informal a simpleton
Word Origin and History for gander
Old English gandra "male goose," from Proto-Germanic *gan(d)ron- (cf. Dutch gander, Middle Low German ganre), from PIE *ghans- "goose" (see goose (n.)). OED suggests perhaps originally the name of some other water-bird and cites Lithuanian gandras "stork." Sometimes used 19c. like stag in reference to single men or male-only gatherings. Meaning "a long look" is 1912, from gander (v.).
"take a long look," slang, 1886, from gander (n.) on the notion of craning one's neck like a goose; earlier it meant "to wander foolishly" (1680s). Related: Gandered; gandering.
Idioms and Phrases with gander
see take a gander at.