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Etymology

Old English gōs, from Germanic *gans, from Indo-European *g̑ʰans-.

Germanic cognates: Old Frisian gōs, Middle Dutch gans (Dutch gans), Old High German gans (German Gans), Old Norse gás (Swedish gås).

Indo-European cognates: Avestan (zā), Greek χήν, Latin ānser, Russian гусь (gus'), Latvian zùoss, Old Irish géiss.

Pronunciation

Noun

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Singular
goose

Plural
geese

goose (geese)
  1. A grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck.
  2. (Also goose iron.) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
    Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3
    Faith, here's an English tailor come hither for stealing out of a French hose. Come in, tailor. Here you may roast your goose.

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Usage notes

A male goose is called a gander. A young goose is a gosling. A group of geese is called a gaggle when they are on the ground or in the water, and a skein or a wedge when they are in flight.

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Verb

Infinitive
to goose

Third person singular
goos

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to goose (third-person singular simple present goos, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
  2. (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  3. (U.K. slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.

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