a young goose.
a foolish, inexperienced person.

1375–1425; late Middle English goselyng; see goose, -ling1; cognate with Old Norse gæslingr

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gosling (ˈɡɒzlɪŋ)
1.  a young goose
2.  an inexperienced or youthful person
[C15: from Old Norse gæslingr; related to Danish gäsling; see goose1, -ling1]

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Word Origin & History

c.1275, from O.N. gæslingr, from gos "goose" + dim. suffix. replaced O.E. gesling. The modern word may be a M.E. formation from M.E. gos "goose."
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Example sentences
The line had wrapped several times around the gosling's leg and had cinched so tightly that it cut off circulation to its foot.
If you were a goose giving birth to your gosling, this would be true.
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