[ goos-step ]
/ ˈgusˌstɛp /

verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-step·ping.

to march in a goose step: Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.

Nearby words

  1. goose grass,
  2. goose grease,
  3. goose pimples,
  4. goose skin,
  5. goose step,
  6. gooseberry,
  7. gooseberry bush,
  8. gooseberry stone,
  9. goosebumps,
  10. goosefish

Origin of goose-step

First recorded in 1875–80

Related formsgoose-step·per, noun

goose step


a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for goose-step

goose step


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
an abnormal gait in animals

verb goose-step -steps, -stepping or -stepped

(intr) to march in goose step
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Word Origin and History for goose-step

goose step


1806, originally was a military drill to teach balance; "to stand on each leg alternately and swing the other back and forth" (which, presumably, reminded someone of a goose's way of walking); in reference to "marching without bending the knees" (as in Nazi military reviews) it apparently is first recorded 1916. As a verb by 1854.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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.


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

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