- a plural of goose.
- any of numerous wild or domesticated, web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks.
- the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male, or gander.
- the flesh of a goose, used as food.
- a silly or foolish person; simpleton.
- Slang. a poke between the buttocks to startle.
- Informal. anything that energizes, strengthens, or the like: to give the economy a badly needed goose.
- a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
- an obsolete board game played with dice and counters in which a player whose cast falls in a square containing the picture of a goose is allowed to advance double the number of his or her throw.
- Slang. to poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
- 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.
- cook someone's goose, Informal. to ruin someone's hopes, plans, chances, etc.: His goose was cooked when they found the stolen gems in his pocket.
Origin of goose
Examples from the Web for 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.
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
- the plural of goose 1
- any of various web-footed long-necked birds of the family Anatidae: order Anseriformes. They are typically larger and less aquatic than ducks and are gregarious and migratorySee also brent goose, barnacle goose, greylag, snow goose Related adjective: anserine
- the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (gander)
- informal a silly person
- plural gooses a pressing iron with a long curving handle, used esp by tailors
- the flesh of the goose, used as food
- all his geese are swans he constantly exaggerates the importance of a person or thing
- cook someone's goose informal
- to spoil someone's plans
- to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
- kill the goose that lays the golden eggs to sacrifice future benefits for the sake of momentary present needsSee also golden goose
- (tr) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind
- a playful prod in the behind
Word Origin and History for geese
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.