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a rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, induced by cold or fear; horripilation.
Also called goose pimples, goose bumps, goose skin.
Origin of gooseflesh
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for goose bumps
  • She's never experienced an earthquake so the whole thing gave her goose bumps.
  • They span mysterious depths, soar to giddy heights, raise a few goose bumps of fear at the slight risk of crossing.
  • goose bumps raise the hairs on the body to form a layer of insulation.
  • The thought of it is enough to give you goose bumps.
  • It's refreshing and kind of fun to have goose bumps on your arms again.
  • If this does not give you goose bumps, you have not thought about it long enough.
goose bumps in Medicine

goose bumps pl.n.
Momentary roughness of the skin caused by erection of the papillae in response to cold or fear. Also called cutis anserina, goose flesh, goose pimples.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for goose bumps

goose bumps

noun phrase

A roughness of the skin or the production of small pimples on the skin as the result of fear, cold, or excitement; gooseflesh ( first form 1930s+, second 1914+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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