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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