What does goose mean?

Definitions for goose

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word goose.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. goosenoun

    web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks

  2. fathead, goof, goofball, bozo, jackass, goose, cuckoo, twat, zanynoun

    a man who is a stupid incompetent fool

  3. gooseverb

    flesh of a goose (domestic or wild)

  4. gooseverb

    pinch in the buttocks

    "he goosed the unsuspecting girl"

  5. gooseverb

    prod into action

  6. gooseverb

    give a spurt of fuel to

    "goose the car"


  1. goosenoun

    Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck

    There is a flock of geese on the pond.

  2. goosenoun

    The flesh of the goose used as food.

  3. goosenoun

    A stupid person

  4. goosenoun

    A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.

  5. gooseverb

    To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.

  6. gooseverb

    To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.

  7. gooseverb

    Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.

  8. Etymology: gos, from gans, from ǵʰans (compare West Frisian goes, North Frisian göis (also Fering-Öömrang dialect gus; Sölring dialect guus; Heligoland dialect gus), Dutch gans, German Gans, Danish gås, Swedish gås, Norwegian gås, Icelandic gæs, Irish gé, Latin anser, Latvian zoss, Russian гусь, Albanian gatë, Ancient Greek χήν, Avestan 0B300B01, Sanskrit हंस).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GOOSEnoun

    plural geese.

    Etymology: gos , Saxon; goes, Dutch; gawe, Erse, sing. gewey, plural.

    Thou cream-faced lown,
    Where got’st thou that goose look? William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Since I pluckt geese, play’d truant, and whipt top, I knew not what ’twas to be beaten ’till lately. William Shakespeare.

    Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool?
    Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
    I’d drive ye cackling home to Comelot. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Birds most easy to be drawn are waterfowl; as the goose and swan. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Nor watchful dogs, nor the more wakeful geese,
    Disturb with nightly noise the sacred peace. John Dryden, Fables.

    Come in, taylor: here you may roast your goose. William Shakespeare.


  1. goose

    Generic Substation Events (GSE) is a control model defined as per IEC 61850 which provides a fast and reliable mechanism of transferring event data over entire electrical substation networks. When implemented, this model ensures the same event message is received by multiple physical devices using multicast or broadcast services. The GSE control model is further subdivided into GOOSE (Generic Object Oriented Substation Events) and GSSE (Generic Substation State Events).


  1. goose

    A goose is a large water bird with a long neck, short legs, webbed feet, and a short broad bill. They are known for their distinct honking noise and they are typically white, grey or black in color. Geese are herbivores, usually grazing for food in open grassy areas near water, and are often migratory, flying in a "V" formation to breeding or wintering grounds. They are also well-known for being protective of their young. The term "goose" is generally used to refer to the females while males are often referred to as "ganders".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Goosenoun

    any large web-footen bird of the subfamily Anserinae, and belonging to Anser, Branta, Chen, and several allied genera. See Anseres

  2. Goosenoun

    any large bird of other related families, resembling the common goose

  3. Goosenoun

    a tailor's smoothing iron, so called from its handle, which resembles the neck of a goose

  4. Goosenoun

    a silly creature; a simpleton

  5. Goosenoun

    a game played with counters on a board divided into compartments, in some of which a goose was depicted

  6. Etymology: [OE. gos, AS. gs, pl. gs; akin to D. & G. gans, Icel. gs, Dan. gaas, Sw. gs, Russ. guse. OIr. geiss, L. anser, for hanser, Gr. chh`n, Skr. hasa. 233. Cf. Gander, Gannet, Ganza, Gosling.]


  1. Goose

    Geese are waterfowl belonging to the tribe Anserini of the family Anatidae. This tribe comprises the genera Anser, Branta and Chen. A number of other birds, mostly related to the shelducks, have "goose" as part of their name. More distantly related members of the Anatidae family are swans, most of which are larger than true geese, and ducks, which are smaller.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Goose

    gōōs, n. (pl. Geese) a web-footed animal like a duck, but larger and stronger: a tailor's smoothing-iron, from the likeness of the handle to the neck of a goose: a stupid, silly person: a game of chance once common in England, in which the players moved counters forward from one compartment on a board to another, the right to a double move being secured when the card bearing the picture of a goose was reached.—v.t. (slang) to hiss off the stage.—ns. Goose′-cap, a silly person; Goose′-corn, a coarse rush; Goose′-egg, a zero, denoting a miss or failure to score at an athletic or other contest; Goose′-fish, a common name in America for the angler-fish (see Angler); Goose′-flesh, a puckered condition of the skin, like that of a plucked goose, through cold, fear, &c.; Goose′-foot, pigweed; Goose′-grass, a species of Bedstraw (q.v.), a common weed in hedges and bushy places in Britain, Europe, and America; Goose′-neck, an iron swivel forming the fastening between a boom and a mast: a bent pipe or tube with a swivel-joint; Goose′-quill, one of the quills or large wing-feathers of a goose, used as pens; Goos′ery, a place for keeping geese: stupidity; Goose′-skin, a kind of thin soft leather; Goose′-step (mil.), the marking of time by raising the feet alternately without making progress; Goose′-wing, one of the clews or lower corners of a ship's mainsail or foresail when the middle part is furled or tied up to the yard.—adj. Goose′-winged, having only one clew set: in fore-and-aft rigged vessels, having the mainsail on one side and the foresail on the other, so as to sail wing-and-wing.—n. Goos′ey, a goose: a blockhead. [A.S. gós; Ice. gás, Ger. gans, L. anser, Gr. chēn, Sans. hamsa.]

Editors Contribution

  1. goose

    A type of aquatic bird.

    Goose are found in many countries around the world, they are a beautiful bird.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2017  

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Goose

    The tailor’s smoothing iron, from the resemblance of its handle to the neck of a goose.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. GOOSE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Goose is ranked #120187 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Goose surname appeared 144 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Goose.

    63.8% or 92 total occurrences were White.
    24.3% or 35 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    5.5% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    4.8% or 7 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of goose in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of goose in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of goose in a Sentence

  1. Stephen Yale-Loehr:

    What's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, if the Supreme Court rules that federal government no longer as sole responsibility for regulating immigration, lower courts may uphold pro-immigrant or sanctuary or non cooperation polices enacted by states and localities.

  2. Aesop:

    Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find - nothing.

  3. Ray Lewis:

    This is a tough one. I love Goose like a brother, from the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that. TONY SIRAGUSA, SUPER BOWL CHAMPION DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, DEAD AT 55 Fox Sports field reporter Tony Siragusa works the sidelines during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field Dec. 30, 2012, in Detroit. (Leon Halip/Getty Images).

  4. Steve Babbitt:

    The group just finished teeing off on hole # 7 and were walking down the fairway, they were aware of a goose nest on their left which they were looking at but not bothering when from behind them and to the right came the guard goose( protecting the nest).

  5. Jamal Lewis:

    This is a tough one. I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that, on the field, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in all of us.

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