goose

[goos]

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.

Nearby words

  1. goony,
  2. goop,
  3. goopy,
  4. goorie,
  5. goosander,
  6. goose barnacle,
  7. goose bay,
  8. goose bumps,
  9. goose creek,
  10. goose egg

Idioms plural geese.

    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

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 formsgoose·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for goose

goose

1

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
  1. to spoil someone's plans
  2. 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

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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Word Origin and History for goose
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Idioms and Phrases with goose

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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