verb (used without object), goose-stepped, goose-stepping.
to march in a goose step:
Troops goose-stepped past the reviewing stand.
a marching step of some infantries in which the legs are swung high and kept straight and stiff.
a military exercise in which the body is balanced on one foot, without advancing, while the other foot is swung forward and back.
a military march step in which the leg is swung rigidly to an exaggerated height, esp as in the German army in the Third Reich
an abnormal gait in animals
verb -steps, -stepping, -stepped
(intransitive) to march in goose step
1806, originally was a military drill to teach balance; “to stand on each leg alternately and swing the other back and forth” (which, presumably, reminded someone of a goose’s way of walking); in reference to “marching without bending the knees” (as in Nazi military reviews) it apparently is first recorded 1916. As a verb by 1854.
A straight-legged style of military marching used by the armies of several nations, but associated particularly with the army of Germany under the Nazis.
Note: The term is sometimes used to suggest the unthinking loyalty of followers or soldiers: “Brown has a goose-step mentality.”
[goos-wing] /ˈgusˌwɪŋ/ noun, Nautical. 1. the weather clew of a square sail, held taut when the lee side of the sail is furled. 2. either of the triangular areas of a square sail left exposed to the wind when the middle part is lashed to the yard during a gale. 3. a triangular studdingsail.
[goos-wingd] /ˈgusˌwɪŋd/ adjective, Nautical. 1. (of a square sail) having the lee clew furled while the weather clew is held taut. 2. (of a fore-and-aft-rigged vessel) having the foresail and mainsail set on opposite sides.
[goo-suh nz] /ˈgu sənz/ noun 1. Sir Eugene, 1893–1962, English composer and conductor. /ˈɡuːsənz/ noun 1. Sir Eugene. 1893–1962, British composer and conductor, born in Belgium 2. his brother, Leon. 1896–1988, British oboist
[goo-see] /ˈgu si/ adjective, goosier, goosiest. 1. like a goose; foolish or giddy. 2. Informal. /ˈɡuːsɪ/ adjective goosier, goosiest 1. of or like a goose 2. having goose flesh 3. silly and foolish adjective Touchy; jumpy; sensitive: I feel a little goosy about the whole thing/ Hennessey was goosey anyway, and he jumped (1906+) Related […]