gosling

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English[edit]

Two geese with four goslings.

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Etymology[edit]

From Late Middle English gosling, goselyng ‎(gosling), alteration (due to Middle English goos, gose ‎(goose)) of earlier gesling ‎(gosling), of North Germanic origin, from Old Norse gæsling, géslingr ‎(gosling), from gás ‎(goose) + -lingr ‎(-ling), equivalent to goose +‎ -ling. Cognate with Danish gæsling ‎(gosling), Swedish gässling ‎(gosling). Compare also Low German gossel, gössel ‎(gosling), German Gänslein ‎(gosling).

Noun[edit]

gosling ‎(plural goslings)

  1. A young goose.
  2. A callow (immature, inexperienced) / foolish, naive, young person.
  3. (dated) A catkin on nut trees and pines.
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