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From goose + berry. It is possible that the first element was originally something related to the gros- of French groseille and/or the kruis- of Dutch kruisbes but has been altered by folk etymology.
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡusˌbɛɹi/
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡʊzb(ə)ɹi/, /ˈɡuːsb(ə)ɹi/
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gooseberry (plural gooseberries)
- A fruit, Ribes uva-crispa, related to the currant.
- We had a good haul of gooseberries from our bushes this year.
- Any other plant or fruit in the subgenus Grossularia, distinguished from currants by bearing spines, including Ribes hirtellum, the American gooseberry.
- Any of several other plants that are not closely related but bear fruit in some way similar:
- the Chinese gooseberry or kiwifruit, the edible berry of a cultivar group of the woody vine Actinidia deliciosa and hybrids between this and other species in the genus Actinidia
- the Indian gooseberry (Phyllanthus emblica), emblic, amla.
- the Ceylon gooseberry, a species of Dovyalis native to Sri Lanka and southern India
- the Barbados gooseberry (Pereskia aculeata), an unusual cactus
- The Long Key locustberry or shiny locustberry (Byrsonima lucida)
- Jamaican gooseberry tree (Phyllanthus acuminatus), a herb-like plant
- star gooseberry
- Physalis angulata, also called balloon cherry and cutleaf groundcherry
- Cape gooseberry (Physalis peruviana), indigenous to South America
- poison gooseberry (Withania somnifera)
- (dated, British slang) A chaperone.
- (chiefly Britain) An additional person who is neither necessary nor wanted in a given situation.
- Robert and Susan were so in love with each other that nobody could go near them without feeling like a gooseberry.
- (dated, British slang) A fool.
- (dated, British slang) A fantastic story; a tall tale; a hoax.
- (dated, British slang, vulgar, usually in the plural) A testicle.
- (fruit): goosegog (UK informal)
- (additional person): third wheel, fifth wheel
- (fool): see Thesaurus:fool
- (testicle): see Thesaurus:testicles
- Farmer, John Stephen (1893) Slang and Its Analogues, volume 3, pages 182–184
- ^ Albert Barrère and Charles G[odfrey] Leland, compilers and editors (1889–1890), “gooseberry”, in A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant […], volume I (A–K), Edinburgh: […] The Ballantyne Press, OCLC 882571771, page 419.