Definition of gosling in English:



  • A young goose.

    • ‘Police are investigating Sunday's shooting when the goose and her three young goslings were used as target practice.’
    • ‘The classic example concerns the pioneering ethologist Konrad Lorenz, who imprinted a gaggle of goslings who were under the unfortunate impression he was their mother to follow him everywhere.’
    • ‘Check out these adorable ducklings and goslings!’
    • ‘Arnold was there to show off his sheep, hens, geese and little goslings.’
    • ‘An aggressive Canada goose supervised its goslings while ducks enjoyed bread offered by a child.’
    • ‘The parents lead the young to water and food, and the goslings feed themselves.’
    • ‘Adaptations such as rapid growth and development, shortened prefledging period, and small adult body size enable goslings of high Arctic geese to attain flight and migrate before the fall freeze-up.’
    • ‘It was taken this morning, and shows only a small number of the Canada geese and goslings that have more or less taken over the area near the Newnham bridge side of the Embankment.’
    • ‘They settle in the farmland areas to feed on the grass, putting on weight, especially the goslings, in preparation for the flight to Scotland and Ireland.’
    • ‘During early summer, the adults undergo their annual monthlong molt, and the goslings do not yet know how to fly and depend on food they can walk to, such as mowed grass.’
    • ‘Because of the short Arctic summer, goslings must fledge at a relatively low proportion of adult body mass as compared with other birds, and with low fat reserves.’
    • ‘She has lots of experience with animals with two dogs, George and Tiger and a cat called Gypsy and her granny's geese and two goslings.’
    • ‘It had been over a month since I'd been able to go to the area, so the cute fuzzy goslings and ducklings would be big.’
    • ‘The first of those two indices was obtained by counting, once per day, the number of Emperor Goose broods in which all goslings could be observed.’
    • ‘Growth is especially important in geese because size of goslings at the end of their first summer strongly influences their probability of surviving their first year, adult body size and fecundity.’
    • ‘My experience this morning involved somewhat smaller, though no less threatening, parents - two pairs of Canada geese, one with four goslings and one with a whopping total of nine.’
    • ‘There are no Pelicans anyway to pose a threat to the geese, ganders and goslings.’
    • ‘Following egg laying, the birds almost disappear until the time comes to escort flotillas of goslings to the water.’
    • ‘Spatial variation in growth of Barnacle Goose goslings and Lesser Snow Goose goslings also has been related to variation in food abundance.’
    • ‘The event runs until Saturday, April 18 and offers the chance to see ducklings, goslings and cygnets.’


Middle English (originally gesling): from Old Norse gǽslingr, from gás ‘goose’ + -ling, later altered by association with goose.