Definition of goose noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡuːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡuːs//
    (pl. geese
    BrE BrE//ɡiːs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡiːs//
    Meat, Farm animals, Birds
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  1. 1 [countable] a bird like a large duck with a long neck. Geese either live wild or are kept on farms. See related entries: Farm animals, Birds
  2. 2 [uncountable] meat from a goose roast goose See related entries: Meat
  3. 3 [countable] a female goose compare gander See related entries: Birds
  4. 4[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a silly person
  5. see also wild goose chase
    Word OriginOld English gōs, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gans and German Gans, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin anser and Greek khēn.Idioms
    cook somebody’s goose
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    (informal) to ruin somebody’s chances of success
    kill the goose that lays the golden egg/eggs
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    (saying) to destroy something that would make you rich, successful, etc.
    not say boo to a goose (British English) (North American English not say boo to anyone)
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    to be very shy or gentle He's so nervous he wouldn't say boo to a goose.
    what’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
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    (old-fashioned, saying) what one person is allowed to do, another person must be allowed to do in a similar situation
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: goose