goose step

  1. a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.

  2. a military exercise in which the body is balanced on one foot, without advancing, while the other foot is swung forward and back.

Origin of goose step

First recorded in 1800–10

Words Nearby goose step

Other definitions for goose-step (2 of 2)

[ goos-step ]

verb (used without object),goose-stepped, goose-step·ping.
  1. to march in a goose step: Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.

Origin of goose-step

First recorded in 1875–80

Other words from goose-step

  • goose-stepper, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use goose step in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for goose step

goose step

  1. a military march step in which the leg is swung rigidly to an exaggerated height, esp as in the German army in the Third Reich

  2. an abnormal gait in animals

verbgoose-step -steps, -stepping or -stepped
  1. (intr) to march in goose step

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Cultural definitions for goose step

goose step

A straight-legged style of military marching used by the armies of several nations, but associated particularly with the army of Germany under the Nazis.

Notes for goose step

The term is sometimes used to suggest the unthinking loyalty of followers or soldiers: “Brown has a goose-step mentality.”

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