- a young goose
- a young and foolish or inexperienced person
Origin of goslingMiddle English goslynge (see goose and -ling), for geslynge from Old Norse gæslingr
- A young goose.
- Archaic A naive or inexperienced young person.
Origin of goslingMiddle English variant ( influenced by gos goose ) of gesling from Old Norse gæslingr diminutive of gās 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.