gander

A gander is a male goose, and also an insult meaning "simpleton," a bit like calling someone "a silly goose."

Besides being the proper name for a male goose and a slang word for silly man, the word gander also shows up in the idiom "take a gander." The slang sense of gander comes from the meaning recorded in 1886, to take a long look by craning one's neck like a goose, or wander foolishly (again, like a goose).

Primary Meanings of gander

1.
n
mature male goose
2.
n
a quick look
Full Definitions of gander
1

n mature male goose

Type of:
goose
web-footed long-necked typically gregarious migratory aquatic birds usually larger and less aquatic than ducks
2

n a quick look

Synonyms:
coup d'oeil, glance, glimpse
Types:
eye-beaming
a radiant glance of the eye
side-glance, side-look
a glance sideways
Type of:
look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

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