geese

[ gees ]
/ gis /

noun

a plural of goose.

Definition for geese (2 of 2)

goose

[ goos ]
/ gus /

noun, plural geese for 1, 2, 4, 8; goos·es for 5–7.

verb (used with object), goosed, goos·ing.

Slang. to poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
Informal.
  1. to prod or urge to action or an emotional reaction: The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
  2. to strengthen or improve (often followed by up): Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
  3. to increase; raise (often followed by up): to goose up government loans in weak industries.
  4. to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.

Origin of goose

before 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (plural gēs); cognate with German Gans, Old Norse gās; compare Sanskrit haṅsa, Greek chḗn, Latin ānser

Related forms

goose·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for geese (1 of 3)

geese

/ (ɡiːs) /

noun

the plural of goose 1

British Dictionary definitions for geese (2 of 3)

goose

1
/ (ɡuːs) /

noun plural geese (ɡiːs)

Word Origin for goose

Old English gōs; related to Old Norse gās, Old High German gans, Old Irish gēiss swan, Greek khēn, Sanskrit hainsas

British Dictionary definitions for geese (3 of 3)

goose

2
/ (ɡuːs) slang /

verb

(tr) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind

noun plural gooses

a playful prod in the behind

Word Origin for goose

C19: from goose 1, probably from a comparison with the jabbing of a goose's bill
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Idioms and Phrases with geese

goose


In addition to the idioms beginning with goose

  • goose egg
  • goose pimples

also see:

  • cook someone's goose
  • gone coon (goose)
  • kill the goose that laid the golden eggs
  • sauce for the goose
  • wild goose chase
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