A Canadian goose.
- The definition of a goose is a water bird with a long neck and webbed feet.
A female waterfowl with a long neck is an example of a goose.
- To goose someone is defined as to pinch the person in the buttocks.
When you pinch a girl's buttocks, this is an example of to goose.
- any of various long-necked, web-footed, wild or domestic waterfowl that are like ducks but larger; esp., a female as distinguished from a gander
- the flesh of a goose, used for food
- a silly person
- a tailor's pressing iron with a long handle curved somewhat like the neck of a goose
- Informal a sudden, playful prod in the backside
Origin of gooseMiddle English gose from Old English gos, akin to Dutch and German gans, Old Norse gas from Indo-European an unverified form ?hans from source Classical Latin anser; goosetransitive verb probably for the fact that geese sometimes attack children from the rear
transitive verbgoosed, goos′ing
- to prod suddenly and playfully in the backside so as to startle
- to feed gasoline to (an engine) in irregular spurts
- to prod, or stir, into action
cook someone's goose
- a. Any of various wild or domesticated waterbirds of the family Anatidae, and especially of the genera Anser, Branta, and Chen, characteristically having a shorter neck than that of a swan and a shorter, more pointed bill than that of a duck.b. The female of such a bird.c. The flesh of such a bird used as food.
- Informal A silly person.
- pl. goos·es A tailor's pressing iron with a long curved handle.
- Slang A poke, prod, or pinch between or on the buttocks.
transitive verbgoosed, goos·ing, goos·es Slang
- To poke, prod, or pinch (a person) between or on the buttocks.
- To move to action; spur: goosed the governor to sign the tax bill.
- To give a spurt of fuel to (a car, for example); cause to accelerate quickly: “The pilot goosed his craft, powering away” ( Nicholas Proffitt )
Origin of gooseMiddle English goos from Old English gōs ; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.
- Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck
- There is a flock of geese on the pond.
- The flesh of the goose used as food.
- (slang) A stupid person
- (archaic) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
- (South Africa, slang, dated) A young woman or girlfriend.
(third-person singular simple present gooses, present participle goosing, simple past and past participle goosed)
- (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
- To stimulate, to spur.
- (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
- (British 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.
From Middle English goos, gos, from Old English gōs, from Proto-Germanic *gans, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰans- (compare West Frisian goes, North Frisian göis (also Fering-Öömrang dialect gus; Sölring dialect guus; Heligoland dialect gus), Low German Goos, Gans, Dutch gans, German Gans, Danish gås, Swedish gås, Norwegian gås, Icelandic gæs, Irish gé, Latin ānser, Latvian zùoss, Russian гусь (gus'), Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν (chén), Avestan (zā), Sanskrit हंस (haṃsa)).