the male of the goose.Compare goose(def 2).
Slang. a look: Take a gander at his new shoes.

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




a town in E Newfoundland, in Canada: airport on the great circle route between New York and northern Europe. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for gander

Contemporary Examples of gander

  • Headwinds forced a landing at Gander, in Newfoundland, in the middle of a blizzard.

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    The New Fear of Flying After MH370

    Clive Irving

    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.

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    The Christie Girth

    Michael Tomasky

    December 14, 2012

  • Under both the law and the ethics governing armed conflicts, sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

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    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.

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    The GOP Frontrunner Curse

    Mark McKinnon

    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.

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    Amateur Hour at the White House

    Leslie H. Gelb

    November 22, 2009

Historical Examples of gander

British Dictionary definitions for gander



a male goose
informal a quick look (esp in the phrase take (or have) a gander)
informal a simpleton

Word Origin for gander

Old English gandra, ganra; related to Low German and Dutch gander and to gannet
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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.

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Idioms and Phrases with gander


see take a gander at.

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