I. noun (plural geese) Etymology: Middle English gos, from Old English gōs; akin to Old High German gans goose, Latin anser, Greek chēn Date: before 12th century 1. a. any of numerous large waterfowl (family Anatidae) that are intermediate between the swans and ducks and have long necks, feathered lores, and reticulate tarsi b. a female goose as distinguished from a gander 2. simpleton, dolt 3. plural gooses a tailor's smoothing iron with a gooseneck handle 4. plural gooses a poke between the buttocks II. transitive verb (goosed; goosing) Date: circa 1880 1. to poke between the buttocks with an upward thrust 2. to increase the activity, speed, power, intensity, or amount of ; spur <
an effort to goose newsstand sales

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