Goose. n.s. plural geese. [ᵹoꞅ, Saxon; goes, Dutch; gawe, Erse, sing. gewey, plural.]
- A large waterfowl proverbially noted, I know not why, for foolishness.
Thou cream-faced lown,
Where got'st thou that goose look? Shakesp. Macbeth.
Since I pluckt geese, play'd truant, and whipt top, I knew not what 'twas to be beaten 'till lately. Shakespeare.
Smile you my speeches, as I were a fool?
Goose, if I had you upon Sarum plain,
I'd drive ye cackling home to Comelot. Shakes. King Lear.
Birds most easy to be drawn are waterfowl; as the goose and swan. Peacham on Drawing.
Nor watchful dogs, nor the more wakeful geese,
Disturb with nightly noise the sacred peace. Dryd. Fables.
- A taylor's smoothing iron.
Come in, taylor: here you may roast your goose. Shakesp.