Main definitions of gander in US English:

: gander1Gander2



  • 1A male goose.

    • ‘I sought express instructions that I was to make this argument and the Commissioner recognises that sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.’
    • ‘There is a growing school of thought that what is sauce for the goose may be poison for the gander.’
    • ‘There are no pelicans to pose a threat to the geese, ganders and goslings.’
    • ‘‘What's good for the goose is good for the gander, but who is the goose and who is the gander,’ he quipped.’
    • ‘Cliches about sauce, geese and ganders spring to mind.’
    • ‘I guess what's good for the goose, gets the gander locked away.’
    • ‘Taxpayers are paying for that - apparently, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander - but people who want to pay for their own hospitality venues are denied that right.’
    • ‘After about three miles of joint-rattling, washboard dirt roads we rounded a corner and got our first gander at the Buttermilks.’
    • ‘What's good for the goose is good for the gander, and they say that they would welcome strong verification on both sides of the peninsula.’
    • ‘‘What's good for the goose is good for the gander,’ she says.’
    • ‘Without wanting to pour oil upon the ever-burning fire of subcontinental paranoia, it does seem that the goose and the gander are treated differently.’
    • ‘Rival ganders chased one another with necks lowered and wings spread.’
    • ‘Apparently this gander and his goose decided that the sauce they're serving up to everyone else wasn't to their liking.’
    • ‘What's good for the goose is obviously not good enough for the gander as section 144 only comes into effect for those not in cohort with the regime.’
    • ‘When she moved on to other ganders and no longer frequented Beaver Bog (contrary to popular belief, geese do not mate for life), he was able to establish close relations with the female that became his new love interest.’
    • ‘Is it any wonder that there are groups among the economic underclass who reckon that what's good for the goose is good for the gander?’
    • ‘The old saying of what's good for the goose is good for the gander comes strikingly to mind.’
    • ‘Our collective understanding of biology is growing by leaps and bounds because sauce for the goose is so often sauce for the gander.’
    • ‘What's good for the US goose may not be good for the Japanese gander.’
    • ‘This time they were being scared off the water by two dogs swimming toward them, dogs hired by the ‘sterile squad’ to rid such suburban watering holes of anything so natural as a goose or a gander.’
  • 2informal in singular A look or glance.

    ‘take a gander at that luggage’
    • ‘Go ahead, check out official Web sites around the league and take a gander at their promotion of the cheerleaders.’
    • ‘Take a gander at who's buying and who's selling.’
    • ‘If you're new to the fast-growing world of video piracy, here's something you should take a gander at.’
    • ‘If you are considering updating your Novell network from a previous version or moving away from the much less secure and troublesome offering from Redmond, then you should take a gander at this book.’
    • ‘If you're not sure what that reason is, take a gander at a chart of the stock market.’
    • ‘Take a gander at some of last week's quotes from Reuter's.’
    • ‘Anyhow, if you're interested, you can take a gander at what's going on here.’
    • ‘Having read with interest the renewed debate over the Canadian colonisation of York, we took to the park at the weekend to take a gander at the geese.’
    • ‘If you could have someone come in and take a gander at your living room, would you let them in the house and what would you like to change?’
    • ‘Just take a gander at the big three search engines to see what I mean.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, PC gamers were getting their first gander at Doom 3, and collectively wondering just how much they would need to upgrade their rigs in order to be able to run the thing.’
    • ‘If anyone wonders whether dress codes are strict now, why not take a gander at the way swings were back at Fulford Golf Club.’
    • ‘For those of you who feel nostalgia for the television of the past I'd advise you to take a gander at a ‘classic’ rerun of a show that is not your obsessive favorite some time.’
    • ‘Lest you think this petty criticism, take a gander at the much more informative Los Angeles Times story generated by the same press conference.’
    • ‘Take a gander at his upper body; those immense delts pop out at you in three-dimensional splendor.’
    • ‘Take a listen to the nifty rhythmic shifts in ‘Songs Of Yesterday’, and then take a gander at how smoothly they are able to transition between the two grooves.’
    • ‘Take a gander at these and you may well decide you're young enough to hang them up, after all.’
    • ‘You can look up artists in past issues, view reader art, buy T-shirts or take a gander at their links section.’
    • ‘We popped over to Oracle's Web site today to take a gander at the Software Investment Guide, designed by the database giant to clarify its arcane pricing.’
    • ‘Although changing rooms aren't always the greatest place to take a gander at yourself, it's worth checking how garments fit.’
    glance, observation, view, examination, study, inspection, scan, survey, sight, peep, peek, glimpse, gaze, stare, gape, ogle
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[no object]US
  • Look or glance at something.

    ‘Paulie gandered at shelves full of coffee paraphernalia’
    • ‘I also gandered at their word choice statistics and my hunch is they are different posters.’
    • ‘Don't get me wrong, I love gandering at colorful birds, and no one loves nature more than me, but I draw the line at hugging trees.’
    • ‘He stopped to gander at himself in a store window.’
    • ‘Might I suggest you gander at a map of lower Manhattan, where you will see a convergence of snakes crossing the water from Jersey and Brooklyn.’


Old English gandra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gander, also to gannet.




Main definitions of gander in US English:

: gander1Gander2


proper noun

  • A town on the island of Newfoundland, on Lake Gander; population 9,951 (2006). Its airport served the first regular transatlantic flights during World War II.