goose: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (gs), [key]
— n., pl. v., geese goos•es goosed, goos•ing.
- any 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.
- the 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.
- a poke between the buttocks to startle.
- anything that energizes, strengthens, or the like: to give the economy a badly needed goose.
- a tailor's smoothing iron with a curved handle.
- an 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.
- to ruin someone's hopes, plans, chances, etc.: His goose was cooked when they found the stolen gems in his pocket.
- to poke (a person) between the buttocks to startle.
- The promise of time off may goose the workers and increase profits.
- 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.
- goose (Thesaurus)