For the noun: goose
Plural form: geese

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
goose /gus/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  geese for 1, 2. 4.
  1. Birds[countable] a wild or farm bird, web-footed and able to swim well, larger and with a longer neck and legs than a duck.
  2. Birds[countable] the female of this bird. Compare gander (def. 1).
  3. [uncountable] the flesh of a goose, used as food.
  4. [countable] a silly or foolish person;
  1. Idiomscook someone's goose, [Informal.]to ruin someone's chances or future.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
goose  (go̅o̅s),USA pronunciation n., pl.  geese  for 1, 2, 4, 8, 9;
goos•es  for 5–7;
v.,  goosed, goos•ing. 

  1. 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.
  2. Birdsthe female of this bird, as distinguished from the male, or gander.
  3. the flesh of a goose, used as food.
  4. a silly or foolish person;
  5. Slang Termsa poke between the buttocks to startle.
  6. Informal Termsanything that energizes, strengthens, or the like:to give the economy a badly needed goose.
  7. a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.

  1. Slang Termsto poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
  2. Informal Terms
    • 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.
gooselike′, adj. 
  • 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

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goose /ɡuːs/ n ( pl geese /ɡiːs/)
  1. 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 migratory
  2. the female of such a bird, as opposed to the male (gander)
  3. informal a silly person
  4. ( pl gooses) a pressing iron with a long curving handle, used esp by tailors
  5. the flesh of the goose, used as food
  6. cook someone's gooseinformal to spoil someone's plans
  7. to bring about someone's ruin, downfall, etc
  8. kill the goose that lays the golden eggs
    See also golden goose
Etymology: Old English gōs; related to Old Norse gās, Old High German gans, Old Irish gēiss swan, Greek khēn, Sanskrit hainsas
goose /ɡuːs/ slang vb
  1. (transitive) to prod (a person) playfully in the behind
n ( pl gooses)
  1. a playful prod in the behind
Etymology: 19th Century: from goose1, probably from a comparison with the jabbing of a goose's bill

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