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gosling

[goz-ling] /ˈgɒz lɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young goose.
2.
a foolish, inexperienced person.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English goselyng; see goose, -ling1; cognate with Old Norse gæslingr
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British Dictionary definitions for goslings

gosling

/ˈɡɒzlɪŋ/
noun
1.
a young goose
2.
an inexperienced or youthful person
Word Origin
C15: from Old Norse gæslingr; related to Danish gäsling; see goose1, -ling1
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Word Origin and History for goslings

gosling

n.

mid-14c. (late 13c. as a surname), from Old Norse gæslingr, from gos "goose" (see goose (n.)) + diminutive suffix. replaced Old English gesling. The modern word may be a Middle English formation from Middle English gos "goose."

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