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gander

[gan-der] /ˈgæn dər/
noun
1.
the male of the goose.
Compare goose (def 2).
2.
Slang. a look:
Take a gander at his new shoes.
Origin
1000
before 1000; 1910-15 for def 2; Middle English; Old English gan(d)ra; cognate with Middle Low German ganre, Dutch gander; akin to goose, German Gans

Gander

[gan-der] /ˈgæn dər/
noun
1.
a town in E Newfoundland, in Canada: airport on the great circle route between New York and northern Europe.
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British Dictionary definitions for gander

gander

/ˈɡændə/
noun
1.
a male goose
2.
(informal) a quick look (esp in the phrase take (or have) a gander)
3.
(informal) a simpleton
Word Origin
Old English gandra, ganra; related to Low German and Dutch gander and to gannet
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Word Origin and History for gander
n.

Old English gandra "male goose," from Proto-Germanic *gan(d)ron- (cf. Dutch gander, Middle Low German ganre), from PIE *ghans- "goose" (see goose (n.)). OED suggests perhaps originally the name of some other water-bird and cites Lithuanian gandras "stork." Sometimes used 19c. like stag in reference to single men or male-only gatherings. Meaning "a long look" is 1912, from gander (v.).

v.

"take a long look," slang, 1886, from gander (n.) on the notion of craning one's neck like a goose; earlier it meant "to wander foolishly" (1680s). Related: Gandered; gandering.

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Slang definitions & phrases for gander

gander

noun

A look; close scrutiny; glance: I'll have a gander at the prices (1887+)

verb

: Want to gander at TV for a while? (1914+)

Related Terms

take a gander

[fr the stretched, gooselike neck of someone gazing intently]


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Encyclopedia Article for gander

Gander

town, northeastern Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. It lies just north of Gander Lake, 206 miles (332 km) northwest of St. John's. Gander is home to a major international airport. The site was selected as an air base in 1935 by the British Air Ministry, and transatlantic flights began in 1939. During World War II it was a vital base for air ferries to Britain and Atlantic patrol aircraft. In 1945 the base became a civil airport controlled by the Newfoundland government, and in 1949, when Newfoundland joined the Canadian confederation, the airport was acquired by the Canadian government. The airport became a principal stopover point in the early years of postwar transatlantic air travel, but its importance diminished with the introduction of long-range aircraft that did not require refueling.

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