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 Unabridged


a town in E Newfoundland, in Canada: airport on the great circle route between New York and northern Europe. Unabridged
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gander (ˈɡændə)
1.  a male goose
2.  informal a quick look (esp in the phrase take (orhave) a gander)
3.  informal a simpleton
[Old English gandra, ganra; related to Low German and Dutch gander and to gannet]

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O.E. gandra "male goose," from P.Gmc. *gan(d)ron- (cf. Du. gander, M.L.G. ganre), perhaps originally the name of some other water fowl (cf. Lith. gandras "stork"). The slang sense of "take a long look" is first recorded 1887, from the notion of craning one's neck like a goose.
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see take a gander at.

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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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