noun, plural geese for 1, 2, 4, 8; goos·es for 5–7.
verb (used with object), goosed, goos·ing.
- to prod or urge to action or an emotional reaction: The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
- to strengthen or improve (often followed by up): Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
- to increase; raise (often followed by up): to goose up government loans in weak industries.
- to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.
Origin of goose
Related Words for geesedesire, impetus, interest, wish, incentive, motive, reason, encouragement, impulse, catalyst, inclination, seduction, aid, support, lift, assistance, improvement, advance, chicken, goose
Examples from the Web for geese
Contemporary Examples of geese
“That is very good advice if you happen to be attacked by a flock of geese,” Cruz said to laughs.Ted Cruz Mocks Gun Control Advocates
May 31, 2014
A woody hillside, populated by my pet chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, and guinea fowl, trying to find their missing feathers.Susan Orlean: How I Write
October 17, 2012
Well,” Orlean adds upon taking stock of this impressive roster, “there may be some geese soon, too.Must Love Dogs
September 30, 2011
Nut oils are expensive and go south faster than geese in winter.
Buy them—nut oils, that is, not geese—in small quantities and use them quickly.
Historical Examples of geese
Well, then I'll tend to my geese and tend 'em good, so I will.
And who's to be moindin' the geese, if you and Tommie was to go off after the cows?
Geese and black ducks, making their way to the southward, were met with daily.The Long Labrador Trail
She was passionately fond of geese, of which she had a large flock.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
They were not going to behave like a couple of geese he hoped!L'Assommoir
noun plural geese (ɡiːs)
- to spoil someone's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
Word Origin for goose
noun plural gooses
Word Origin for goose
plural of goose (n.).
"jab in the rear," c.1880, from goose (n.), possibly from resemblance of the upturned thumb to a goose's beak. Related: Goosed; goosing. In 19c. theatrical slang, to be goosed meant "to be hissed" (by 1818).
"a large waterfowl proverbially noted, I know not why, for foolishness" [Johnson], Old English gos, from Proto-Germanic *gans- "goose" (cf. Old Frisian gos, Old Norse gas, Old High German gans, German Gans "goose"), from PIE *ghans- (cf. Sanskrit hamsah (masc.), hansi (fem.), "goose, swan;" Greek khen; Latin anser; Polish gęś "goose;" Lithuanian zasis "goose;" Old Irish geiss "swan"), probably imitative of its honking.
Spanish ganso "goose" is from a Germanic source. Loss of "n" sound is normal before "s." Plural form geese is an example of i-mutation.
Meaning "simpleton" is from 1540s. To cook one's goose first attested 1845, of unknown origin; attempts to connect it to Swedish history and Greek fables have been unconvincing. Goose egg "zero" first attested 1866 in baseball slang. The goose that laid the golden egg is from Aesop.
In addition to the idioms beginning with goose
- goose egg
- goose pimples
- cook someone's goose
- gone coon (goose)
- kill the goose that laid the golden eggs
- sauce for the goose
- wild goose chase