gosling

[goz-ling]
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noun

a young goose.
a foolish, inexperienced person.

Origin of gosling

1375–1425; late Middle English goselyng; see goose, -ling1; cognate with Old Norse gæslingr
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Examples from the Web for gosling

Contemporary Examples of gosling

Historical Examples of gosling

  • Mr. Gosling mentioned a balloon that had escaped from Paris in July.

  • Nor a gosling,” murmured Pepé; “and a gosling only betrays himself by trying to sing.

    Wood Rangers

    Mayne Reid

  • He knocked at the door and the gosling said: "Who is knocking at the door?"

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

  • The wolf, well satisfied, saluted the gosling and went away.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane

  • And indeed he did blow down the house and ate up the gosling.

    Italian Popular Tales

    Thomas Frederick Crane


British Dictionary definitions for gosling

gosling

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
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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