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Definition of "goose" []

  • Any of various wild or domesticated water birds of the family Anatidae, and especially of the genera Anser and Branta, characteristically having a shorter neck than that of a swan and a shorter, more pointed bill than that of a duck. (noun)
  • The female of such a bird. (noun)
  • The flesh of such a bird used as food. (noun)
  • Informal A silly person. (noun)
  • A tailor's pressing iron with a long curved handle. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "goose" in a sentence
  • "The Michaelmas goose is said to owe its origin to Queen Elizabeth's dining on one at the table of an English baronet on that day when she received tidings of the dispersion of the Spanish Armada, in commemoration of which she ordered the _goose_ to make its appearance every Michaelmas."
  • "December 5th, 2009 11: 57 am ET game on, sarah. i th ink the media ought to dig into this woman's past associations, her conflicts of interest as governor – everything. what's good for the goose is also good for the gander. one question i would like to have answered – why did it take her 5 or 6 colleges to get a degree in communications – only to be a 'C' average student?"
  • "While nearly perfect for upland game, they will happily retrieve out of water, but may be a bit on the small side for retrieving larger birds like Canadian Geese (especially, if the goose is alive and struggling)."