- 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 [uncountable] meat from a goose roast goose See related entries: Meat
- 3 [countable] a female goose compare gander See related entries: Birds
- 4[countable] (old-fashioned, informal) a silly person see also wild goose chase Word Origin Old 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 (informal) to ruin somebody’s chances of success (saying) to destroy something that would make you rich, successful, etc.
to be very shy or gentle He's so nervous he wouldn't say boo to a goose. (old-fashioned, saying) what one person is allowed to do, another person must be allowed to do in a similar situation