- a young goose
- a young and foolish or inexperienced person
Origin of goslingMiddle English goslynge (see goose and amp; -ling), for geslynge ; from Old Norse gæslingr
- A young goose.
- A naive or inexperienced young person.
Origin of goslingMiddle English, variant (influenced by gos, goose) of gesling, from Old Norse gæslingr, diminutive of gas, goose; see ghans- in Indo-European roots.
From Late Middle English gosling, goselyng (“gosling”), alteration (due to Middle English goos, gose (“goose”)) of earlier gesling (“gosling”), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse gæsling, géslingr (“gosling”), from gás (“goose”) + -lingr (“-ling”). Cognate with Danish gæsling (“gosling”), Swedish gässling (“gosling”). Compare also Low German gossel, gössel (“gosling”), German Gänslein (“gosling”). More at goose, -ling.