Gooseberry definition

go͝osbĕrē, -bə-rē, go͝oz-
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Any of several plants bearing similar fruit.
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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.
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The fruit of any of these plants.
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A fruit closely related to the currant.

We had a good haul of gooseberries from our tree this year.

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Any of several other unrelated fruits, such as the Chinese gooseberry (kiwifruit) and the Indian gooseberry (amla).
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(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.

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A small, sour berry used in making preserves, pies, etc.: it resembles a currant but is larger.
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Any of various prickly shrubs (genus Ribes) of the saxifrage family which produce gooseberries.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gooseberry
Plural:
gooseberries

Origin of gooseberry

  • goose (probably shortening and alteration by folk-etymology of French groseille gooseberry grossularite) berry

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From goose +‎ berry. It is possible that the first element was originally something related to the gros- of French groseille and/or the kruis- of Dutch kruisbes but has been altered by folk etymology.

    From Wiktionary