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.
- goose barnacle,
- goose bay,
- goose bumps,
- goose creek,
- goose egg
Idioms plural geese.
Origin of goose
Examples from the Web for goose
I wandered around aimlessly for a while, then gave the goose to an acquiescent hippy on a barge.The Life and Art of Radical Provocateur—and Commune Leader—Otto Muehl|Anthony Haden-Guest|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Thus continued a goose chase that produced, well, a goose egg.
Let me goose A&E as they duck for cover over their botched handling of the Phil Robertson mess.
Outdoor explorer shows featuring real-life people in extreme climates tend to feature Canada Goose coats, he noted.
According to reports from his salespeople, various Korean celebrities have been spotted in Canada Goose products in recent years.
"What's sauce fo' the goose ought to be sauce fo' the gander," argued the ex-moonshiner.A Tar-Heel Baron|Mabell Shippie Clarke Pelton
What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (Was also dem Einen recht ist, muss dem Andern billig sein).The Life of Ludwig van Beethoven, Volume III (of 3)|Alexander Wheelock Thayer
He took her by the shoulders and turned her round and round before it as one roasts a goose.The Web of the Golden Spider|Frederick Orin Bartlett
I kant tell now whether a goose stands on one leg so mutch to rest the leg az to rest the goose.The Complete Works of Josh Billings|Henry W. Shaw
His discretion, I am sure, cannot carry his valour, for the goose carries not the fox.History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)|Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
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
"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.
"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).
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