goose bumps

or goose·bumps

[ goos-buhmps ]
/ ˈgusˌbʌmps /

plural noun

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

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Origin of goose bumps

First recorded in 1930–35
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Word Origin and History for goosebumps

goosebumps


n.

also goose bumps, 1919, from goose (n.) + bump (n.). Earlier in the same sense was goose flesh (c.1810) and goose skin (1785).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for goosebumps

goose bumps

[ gōōs ]

pl.n.

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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