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gander

[gan-der]
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noun
  1. the male of the goose.Compare goose(def 2).
  2. Slang. a look: Take a gander at his new shoes.
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Origin of gander

before 1000; 1910–15 for def 2; Middle English; Old English gan(d)ra; cognate with Middle Low German ganre, Dutch gander; akin to goose, German Gans

Gander

[gan-der]
noun
  1. a town in E Newfoundland, in Canada: airport on the great circle route between New York and northern Europe.
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gander

noun
  1. a male goose
  2. informal a quick look (esp in the phrase take (or have) a gander)
  3. informal a simpleton
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Word Origin

Old English gandra, ganra; related to Low German and Dutch gander and to gannet
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Word Origin and History for gander

n.

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.).

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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with gander

gander

see take a gander at.

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