From Middle English gandre, from Old English gandra, ganra (“gander”), from Proto-Germanic *ganzô (“gander”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂éns (“goose”). Cognate with Dutch gander (“gander”), Low German Gander, Ganner (“gander”), dialectal German Gandert (“gander”), German Ganter (“gander”), Norwegian gasse (“gander”), Icelandic gassi (“gander”). Related to goose, gannet.
gander (plural ganders)
- 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.
- A fool, simpleton.
- (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.
- (US) A man living apart from his wife.
- take a gander
- what's good for the goose is good for the gander
- what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander
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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”).