goose(go̅o̅s),USA pronunciationn., pl.geese for 1, 2, 4, 8, 9; goos•es for 5–7; v.,goosed, goos•ing. n.
Birdsany of numerous wild or domesticated, web-footed swimming birds of the family Anatidae, esp. of the genera Anser and Branta, most of which are larger and have a longer neck and legs than the ducks.
Birdsthe 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 Termsa poke between the buttocks to startle.
Informal Termsanything that energizes, strengthens, or the like:to give the economy a badly needed goose.
a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
Gamesan 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.
Informal Terms, Idiomscook someone's goose, to ruin someone's hopes, plans, chances, etc.:His goose was cooked when they found the stolen gems in his pocket.
Slang Termsto 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 fol. by up):Let's goose up the stew with some wine.
to increase; raise (often fol. by up):to goose up government loans in weak industries.
to give a spurt of fuel to (a motor) to increase speed.
bef. 1000; Middle English gose, goos, Old English gōs (plural gēs); cognate with German Gans, Old Norse gās; compare Sanskrit haṅsa, Greek ché̄n, Latin ānser