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noun, plural geese for 1, 2, 4, 8; gooses for 5–7.
any of numerous wild or domesticated, web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, especially of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks.
the female of this bird, as distinguished from the male, or gander.
the flesh of a goose, used as food.
a silly or foolish person; simpleton.
Slang. a poke between the buttocks to startle.
Informal. anything that energizes, strengthens, or the like: to give the economy a badly needed goose.
a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
an obsolete board game played with dice and counters in which a player whose cast falls in a square containing the picture of a goose is allowed to advance double the number of his or her throw.
verb (used with object), goosed, goosing.
Slang. to poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
to prod or urge to action or an emotional reaction: The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
to strengthen or improve (often followed by up ): Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
to increase; raise (often followed by up ): to goose up government loans in weak industries.
to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.
Idioms, plural geese.
cook someone's goose, Informal. to ruin someone's hopes, plans, chances, etc.: His goose was cooked when they found the stolen gems in his pocket.

before 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (plural gēs); cognate with German Gans, Old Norse gās; compare Sanskrit haṅsa, Greek chḗn, Latin ānser

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goose1 (ɡuːs)
n , pl geese, gooses
1.  brent goose barnacle goose greylag See also snow goose any of various web-footed long-necked birds of the family Anatidae: order Anseriformes. They are typically larger and less aquatic than ducks and are gregarious and migratoryRelated: anserine
2.  the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (gander)
3.  informal a silly person
4.  a pressing iron with a long curving handle, used esp by tailors
5.  the flesh of the goose, used as food
6.  all his geese are swans he constantly exaggerates the importance of a person or thing
7.  informal cook someone's goose
 a.  to spoil someone's plans
 b.  to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
8.  kill the goose that lays the golden eggs See also golden goose to sacrifice future benefits for the sake of momentary present needs
Related: anserine
[Old English gōs; related to Old Norse gās, Old High German gans, Old Irish gēiss swan, Greek khēn, Sanskrit hainsas]

goose2 (ɡuːs)
1.  (tr) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind
n , gooses
2.  a playful prod in the behind
[C19: from goose1, probably from a comparison with the jabbing of a goose's bill]

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Word Origin & History

"a large waterfowl proverbially noted, I know not why, for foolishness" [Johnson], O.E. gos, from P.Gmc. *gans- "goose" (cf. O.Fris. gos, O.N. gas, O.H.G. gans, Ger. Gans "goose"), from PIE *ghans- (cf. Skt. hamsah, masc., hansi, fem., "goose swan;" Gk. khen; L. anser; Pol. ges "goose;" Lith. zasis
"goose;" O.Ir. geiss "swan"), probably imitative of its honking. Sp. ganso "goose" is from a Gmc. source. Loss of "n" sound is normal before "s." Plural form geese is an example of i-mutation. Meaning "simpleton" is from 1547. The verbal meaning "jab in the rear" (c.1880) is possibly from resemblance of the upturned thumb to a goose's beak. To cook one's goose first attested 1845, of unknown origin; attempts to connect it to Swedish history and Gk. fables have been unconvincing. Goose egg "zero" first attested 1866 in baseball slang. Goose bumps (1933) was earlier goose flesh (c.1810) and goose skin (1785). The goose that laid the golden egg is from Aesop. Goose step (1806) originally was a military drill to teach balance; "to stand on each leg alternately and swing the other back and forth" (which, presumably, reminded someone of a goose's way of walking); in reference to "marching without bending the knees" (as in Nazi military reviews) it apparently is first recorded 1916.
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