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.
Idioms plural geese.
Origin of goose
Related Words for goosedesire, impetus, interest, wish, incentive, motive, reason, encouragement, impulse, catalyst, inclination, seduction, aid, support, lift, assistance, improvement, advance, chicken, goose
Examples from the Web for goose
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 22, 2014
Thus continued a goose chase that produced, well, a goose egg.Teaching a Lesson to Bullies and Educators Alike
February 24, 2014
Let me goose A&E as they duck for cover over their botched handling of the Phil Robertson mess.A&E Ducks for Cover by Forgiving Phil Robertson
December 30, 2013
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.
Historical Examples of goose
What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander: take that in your thought too.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Apples in some form or other are commonly served with goose.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Cyrus, my advice to you is to go home and tell your wife not to be a goose.Quaint Courtships
The old soldiers, for some inscrutable reason, go for goose to a man.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
I told Mallet if he would cook a goose, I would tip one over.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
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