gosling

[ goz-ling ]
/ ˈgɒz lɪŋ /
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noun

a young goose.
a foolish, inexperienced person.

Nearby words

  1. gosala,
  2. gosh,
  3. goshawk,
  4. goshen,
  5. goslar,
  6. gosmore,
  7. gospel,
  8. gospel music,
  9. gospel oath,
  10. gospel side

Origin of gosling

1375–1425; late Middle English goselyng; see goose, -ling1; cognate with Old Norse gæslingr

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British Dictionary definitions for gosling

gosling

/ (ˈɡɒzlɪŋ) /

noun

a young goose
an inexperienced or youthful person

Word Origin for gosling

C15: from Old Norse gæslingr; related to Danish gäsling; see goose 1, -ling 1

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Word Origin and History for gosling

gosling

n.

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old Norse gæslingr, from gos "goose" (see goose (n.)) + diminutive suffix. replaced Old English gesling. The modern word may be a Middle English formation from Middle English gos "goose."

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