- a small, sour berry used in making preserves, pies, etc.: it resembles a currant but is larger
- any of various prickly shrubs (genus Ribes) of the saxifrage family which produce gooseberries
Origin of gooseberryas if from goose + berry, but probably folk-etym. form for an unverified form grose berie, akin to dialect, dialectal grosel, gooseberry ( from French groseille), Dutch kruisbezie, German krausbeere
- a. Any of several spiny shrubs of the genus Ribes, especially R. uva-crispa of Eurasia, having lobed leaves, greenish flowers, and edible greenish to yellow or red berries.b. The fruit of any of these plants.
- Any of several plants bearing similar fruit.
Origin of gooseberrygoose ( probably shortening and alteration by folk-etymology of French groseille gooseberry ; see grossularite . ) berry
- A fruit closely related to the currant.
- We had a good haul of gooseberries from our tree this year.
- Any of several other unrelated fruits, such as the Chinese gooseberry (kiwifruit) and the Indian gooseberry (amla).
- (chiefly UK) An additional person who is neither necessary nor wanted in a given situation.
- Robert and Susan were so in love with each other that nobody could go near them without feeling like a gooseberry.