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goose bumps

or goosebumps, goos-buhmps, ˈgusˌbʌmps

plural noun
1.
a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Origin of goose bumps
1930-1935
1930-35
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Word Origin and History for goosebumps
n.

also goose bumps, 1919, from goose (n.) + bump (n.). Earlier in the same sense was goose flesh (c.1810) and goose skin (1785).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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goosebumps in Medicine

goose bumps pl.n.
Momentary roughness of the skin caused by erection of the papillae in response to cold or fear. Also called cutis anserina, goose flesh, goose pimples.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for goosebumps

goose bumps

noun phrase

A roughness of the skin or the production of small pimples on the skin as the result of fear, cold, or excitement; gooseflesh ( first form 1930s+, second 1914+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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