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[goz-ling] /ˈgɒz lɪŋ/
a young goose.
a foolish, inexperienced person.
Origin of gosling
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English goselyng; see goose, -ling1; cognate with Old Norse gæslingr Unabridged
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  • Mr. gosling mentioned a balloon that had escaped from Paris in July.

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  • Nor a gosling,” murmured Pepé; “and a gosling only betrays himself by trying to sing.

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  • He knocked at the door and the gosling said: "Who is knocking at the door?"

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  • And indeed he did blow down the house and ate up the gosling.

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  • The wolf, well satisfied, saluted the gosling and went away.

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British Dictionary definitions for gosling


a young goose
an inexperienced or youthful person
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse gæslingr; related to Danish gäsling; see goose1, -ling1
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Word Origin and History for gosling

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old Norse gæslingr, from gos "goose" (see goose (n.)) + diminutive suffix. replaced Old English gesling. The modern word may be a Middle English formation from Middle English gos "goose."

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