gander

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English gandre, from Old English gandra, ganra (gander), from Proto-West Germanic *ganʀō, from Proto-Germanic *ganzô (gander), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂éns (goose).

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡæn.də(ɹ)/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ændə(ɹ)

Noun[edit]

gander (plural ganders)

  1. A male goose.
    • 1916, Blanche Fisher Wright, The Original Mother Goose:
      Old Mother Goose / When she wanted to wander / Would ride through the air / On a very fine gander.
    • 1988, Bruce Chatwin, Utz, London: Jonathan Cape, →ISBN; republished London: Vintage Books, 2005, →ISBN, page 50:
      Marta's gander was a magnificent snow-white bird: the object of terror to foxes, children and dogs. She had reared him as a gosling; and whenever he approached, he would let fly a low contented burble and sidle his neck around her thighs.
  2. A fool, simpleton.
  3. (slang, used only with “have”, “get” and “take) A glance, look.
    Have a gander at what he’s written.
    I took a gander and she seemed so familiar.
    • 2022 August 24, Stephen Roberts, “Bradshaw's Britain: the Cotswold Line: Ledbury”, in RAIL, number 964, page 61:
      As well as the church and its sexton, the market house is worth a gander, while the hop fields and orchards are "reminding one of Kent", for we are in another "Garden of England".
  4. (US) A man living apart from his wife.

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Verb[edit]

gander (third-person singular simple present ganders, present participle gandering, simple past and past participle gandered)

  1. (dialect, intransitive) ramble, wander

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Etymology[edit]

Most likely from English gander or Low German gander, ganner. Both are possibly formed from gans (goose) in an analogous way as kater (male cat) from kat ((female) cat) and doffer (male dove) from duif ((female) dove).

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gander m (plural ganders, diminutive gandertje n)

  1. gander, male goose

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