What does gossamer mean?

Definitions for gossamer
ˈgɒs ə mər; ˈgɒs ə mə rigos·samer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gossamernoun

    a gauze fabric with an extremely fine texture

  2. cobweb, gossameradjective

    filaments from a web that was spun by a spider

  3. ethereal, gossameradjective

    characterized by unusual lightness and delicacy

    "this smallest and most ethereal of birds"; "gossamer shading through his playing"

  4. diaphanous, filmy, gauzy, gauze-like, gossamer, see-through, sheer, transparent, vaporous, vapourous, cobwebbyadjective

    so thin as to transmit light

    "a hat with a diaphanous veil"; "filmy wings of a moth"; "gauzy clouds of dandelion down"; "gossamer cobwebs"; "sheer silk stockings"; "transparent chiffon"; "vaporous silks"


  1. gossamernoun

    A fine film or strand as of cobwebs, floating in the air or caught on bushes etc.

  2. gossamernoun

    A soft, sheer fabric.

  3. gossamernoun

    Anything delicate, light and flimsy.

  4. gossameradjective

    Tenuous, light, filmy or delicate.

    "The heaven was spangled with tremulous stars, and at the horizon the clouds hung down in gossamer folds---God's robe trailing in the sea!" uE000146893uE001 Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907)

  5. Etymology: From gossomer, from gos + somer.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gossamernoun

    The down of plants; the long white cobwebs which fly in the air in calm sunny weather, especially about the time of Autumn. Thomas Hanmer

    Etymology: gossipium, low Latin.

    A lover may bestride the gossamour,
    That idles in the wanton Summer air,
    And yet not fall, so light is vanity. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Juliet.

    Had’st thou been aught but gossamere, feathers, air,
    So many fathom down precipitating,
    Thou’d’st shiver’d like an egg. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Four nimble gnats the horses were,
    Their harnesses of gossamere. Michael Drayton, Nymphid.

    The filmy gossamer now flits no more,
    Nor halcyons bask on the short sunny shore. John Dryden, Virgil.


  1. gossamer

    Gossamer refers to a fine, delicate substance or material that is light, thin, and translucent, often used to refer to spider webs or a piece of thin, delicate cloth. It may also mean something that is very light, thin, and insubstantial or delicate. In a metaphorical sense, it can refer to anything light, delicate or flimsy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gossamernoun

    a fine, filmy substance, like cobwebs, floating in the air, in calm, clear weather, especially in autumn. It is seen in stubble fields and on furze or low bushes, and is formed by small spiders

  2. Gossamernoun

    any very thin gauzelike fabric; also, a thin waterproof stuff

  3. Gossamernoun

    an outer garment, made of waterproof gossamer

  4. Etymology: [OE. gossomer, gossummer, gosesomer, perh. for goose summer, from its downy appearance, or perh. for God's summer, cf. G. mariengarr gossamer, properly Mary's yarn, in allusion to the Virgin Mary. Perhaps the E. word alluded to a legend that the gossamer was the remnant of the Virgin Mary's winding sheet, which dropped from her when she was taken up to heaven. For the use of summer in the sense of film or threads, cf. G. Mdchensommer, Altweibersommer, fliegender Sommer, all meaning, gossamer.]


  1. Gossamer

    Gossamer is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. The character is a hairy, red monster. His rectangular body is perched on two giant tennis shoes, and his heart-shaped face is composed of only two oval eyes and a wide mouth, with two hulking arms ending in dirty, clawed fingers. The monster's main trait, however, is bright uncombed red hair. In fact, a gag in the 1980 short Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century lampoons this by revealing that Gossamer is, in fact, composed entirely of hair. He was originally voiced by Mel Blanc and has been voiced by Joe Alaskey, Jim Cummings, and Dee Bradley Baker. The word "gossamer" means any sort of thin, fragile, transparent material — in particular, it can refer to a kind of delicate, sheer gauze or a light cobweb. The name is meant to be ironic, since the character is large, menacing, and destructive.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gossamer

    gos′a-mėr, n. very fine spider-threads which float in the air or form webs on bushes in fine weather: any thin material.—adj. light, flimsy.—adj. Goss′amery, like gossamer: flimsy. [M. E. gossomer; Prof Skeat thinks it is a corr. of 'goose-summer' or 'summer-goose,' from the downy appearance of the film. Ger. sommer-fäden, summer-threads, also mädchen-sommer, maiden-summer.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossamer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gossamer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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