Pronunciation Noun


  1. Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, which have feathers and webbed feet and are capable of flying, swimming, and walking on land, and which are bigger than ducks.
    There is a flock of geese on the pond.
  2. The flesh of the goose used as food.
  3. (slang) A silly person.
  4. (archaic) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
    • c. 1606, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Macbeth”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act II, scene iii]:
      Come in, tailor. Here you may roast your goose.
  5. (South Africa, slang, dated) A young woman or girlfriend.
  6. (uncountable, historical) An old English board game in which players moved counters along a board, earning a double move when they reached the picture of a goose.
  • (tailor's iron) goose iron
Translations Verb

goose (gooses, present participle goosing; past and past participle goosed)

  1. (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
  2. To stimulate, to spur.
  3. (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  4. (UK slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
  5. (transitive, slang) To hiss (a performer) off the stage.

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