the edible, acid, globular, sometimes spiny fruit of certain prickly shrubs belonging to the genus Ribes, of the saxifrage family, especially R. uva-crispa (or R. grossularia).
a shrub bearing this fruit.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use gooseberry in a sentence
You can also see the remains of the “gooseberry”—the artificial breakwater the Allies created off the beach.D-Day Historian Craig Symonds Talks About History’s Most Amazing Invasion | Marc Wortman | June 5, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was gooseberry jam, and Bumper hated gooseberries, although he had never tasted of them before.Bumper, The White Rabbit | George Ethelbert Walsh
Bumper squealed with fright, and turned to the left to find shelter under some prickly gooseberry bushes.Bumper, The White Rabbit | George Ethelbert Walsh
To cut or prune gooseberry and currant-trees is very simple.The Book of Sports: | William Martin
gooseberry-trees should be cut differently from currant-trees.The Book of Sports: | William Martin
The fruit is very agreeable, and in taste resembles the gooseberry, and is very cooling.
British Dictionary definitions for gooseberry
a Eurasian shrub, Ribes uva-crispa (or R. grossularia), having greenish, purple-tinged flowers and ovoid yellow-green or red-purple berries: family Grossulariaceae: See also currant (def. 2)
the berry of this plant
(as modifier): gooseberry jam
British informal an unwanted single person in a group of couples, esp a third person with a couple (often in the phrase play gooseberry)
Cape gooseberry a tropical American solanaceous plant, Physalis peruviana, naturalized in southern Africa, having yellow flowers and edible yellow berries: See also ground cherry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012