noun, plural goose·ber·ries.
Origin of gooseberry
Examples from the Web for gooseberry
Contemporary Examples of gooseberry
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
June 5, 2014
Historical Examples of gooseberry
Then a cat shot from under a gooseberry bush, and she gave a little scream.The Manxman
Down the middle of the garden was a row of gooseberry and currant bushes.O Pioneers!
Preserved fruit was served with the fish, and gooseberry jam with the roast.A Royal Prisoner
“You are not to go into the gooseberry garden,” said the aunt, changing the subject.
She gave me a doughnut and a piece of cheese as well as a gooseberry tart.Rebecca's Promise
Frances R. Sterrett
noun plural -ries
- the berry of this plant
- (as modifier)gooseberry jam
1530s, perhaps from German Krausebeere or Kräuselbeere, related to Middle Dutch croesel "gooseberry," and to German kraus "crispy, curly" [Klein, etc.]. Under this theory, gooseberry would be folk etymology. But OED editors find no reason to prefer this to a literal reading, because "the grounds on which plants and fruits have received names associating them with animals are so commonly inexplicable, that the want of appropriateness in the meaning affords no sufficient ground for assuming that the word is an etymological corruption."