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