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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 of gander
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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