goose bumps

or goose·bumps


plural noun

a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.

Nearby words

  1. goorie,
  2. goosander,
  3. goose,
  4. goose barnacle,
  5. goose bay,
  6. goose creek,
  7. goose egg,
  8. goose flesh,
  9. goose grass,
  10. goose grease

Origin of goose bumps

First recorded in 1930–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for goose bumps

goose bumps



Momentary roughness of the skin caused by erection of the papillae in response to cold or fear.cutis anserina goose flesh goose pimples

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