One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A pimply state of the skin with the hairs erect, produced by cold or fright.
prickling, tingling, sting, stinging, smart, smarting, pricking, itch, creeping sensation, goose pimples, pins and needlesView synonyms
- ‘I look at his smooth black hair, smooth light-brown skin with no gooseflesh, and the ugly naked wood of his kitchen.’
- ‘It was a scent she couldn't recognize, and it made her skin turn into gooseflesh.’
- ‘There was something so disquietingly familiar about the place that I felt gooseflesh rise on my arms and legs.’
- ‘Her arms broke out in gooseflesh as droplets from the roof slid through the opening and splashed on her skin.’
- ‘Something about this request gave Kennedy gooseflesh.’
- ‘Seemingly knowing she was petrified, he removed his grasp, let his hand slide up her arm to tangle with her hair, and Linden felt gooseflesh prickle her skin.’
- ‘Trinity gasped as his movement sent shivers up her spine and her arms broke out in gooseflesh.’
- ‘He reached out and touched my shoulder which created a serious case of gooseflesh up my entire body.’
- ‘She shivered again, and rubbed vigorously at the gooseflesh that had risen on her arms.’
- ‘For God's sake, his teeth are still clattering and he's got gooseflesh up and down his arms!’
- ‘When I caught up to her I touched her arm and could feel the gooseflesh as she shook me loose.’
- ‘His arms suddenly turned to gooseflesh and his heart started to beat faster.’
- ‘Somewhere in the back of her mind she heard a deep throaty laugh, making her skin break out in gooseflesh.’
- ‘My whole body trembled as I forced the muscles to move, the blood still pounding in my ears and gooseflesh all over.’
- ‘Her arms broke out in gooseflesh and she shivered despite the muggy classroom air.’
- ‘He knew his power to raise his listener's gooseflesh, and he reveled in it.’
- ‘The early morning air was dry and warm against his skin, but he still felt gooseflesh rising on his spine.’
- ‘Arm outstretched upon the table, Briar watched as his wrist bubbled with gooseflesh and a shiver tiptoed along his spine.’
- ‘Her hand caressed his neck, then her fingers stroked up through his hair in a way that caused a tingle to travel all the way down his spine, his skin breaking out in gooseflesh as he shuddered in reaction.’
- ‘Her arms broke out into gooseflesh while her toes and fingers clenched in memory.’
Early 19th century: so named because the skin resembles that of a plucked goose.
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.