[ goos ]
/ gus /
noun, plural geese [gees] /gis/ for 1, 2, 4, 8; goos·es for 5-7.
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.
verb (used with object), goosed, goos·ing.
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.
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Idioms for goose
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
First recorded 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
OTHER WORDS FROM goosegooselike, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for goose (1 of 2)
/ (ɡuːs) /
noun plural geese (ɡiːs)
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
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 goose (2 of 2)
/ (ɡuːs) slang /
(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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Cultural definitions for goose
One's chances are ruined: “After the recent disclosures of foul play, political analysts feel that the candidate's goose is now thoroughly cooked.”
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Idioms and Phrases with goose
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
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