Foolish vs Goose - What's the difference?

foolish | goose |


As an adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun goose is

any of various grazing waterfowl of the family anatidae, bigger than a duck.

As a verb goose is

(slang) to sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.

foolish

English

Adjective

(en-adj)
  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
  • :
  • *
  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
  • :
  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise

    Antonyms

    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness

    goose

    English

    Noun

    (geese)
  • Any of various grazing waterfowl of the family Anatidae, bigger than a duck
  • There is a flock of geese on the pond.
  • The flesh of the goose used as food.
  • *
  • (slang) A silly person
  • * {{quote-book, 1906, Langdon Mitchell, chapter=The New York Idea, Best Plays of the Early American Theatre, 1787-1911, page=430 citation
  • , passage=I'm sorry for you, but you're such a goose .}}
  • (archaic) A tailor's iron, heated in live coals or embers, used to press fabrics.
  • * Scene 3:
  • Come in, tailor. Here you may roast your goose .
  • (South Africa, slang, dated) A young woman or girlfriend.
  • Usage notes

    * A male goose is called a gander. A young goose is a gosling. * A group of geese can be called a gaggle when they are on the ground or in the water, and a skein or a wedge when they are in flight.

    Synonyms

    * (sense, tailor's iron) goose iron

    Derived terms

    * game of the goose * goose egg * goose game * goose pimple * gooseneck * goose-step * Mother Goose * what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander * one's goose is cooked

    See also

    * duck * eider * gander * swan * waterfowl

    Verb

    (goos)
  • (slang) To sharply poke or pinch someone's buttocks. Derived from a goose's inclination to bite at a retreating intruder's hindquarters.
  • To stimulate, to spur.
  • (slang) To gently accelerate an automobile or machine, or give repeated small taps on the accelerator.
  • (UK slang) Of private-hire taxi drivers, to pick up a passenger who has not pre-booked a cab. This is unauthorised under UK licensing conditions.
  • English nouns with irregular plurals