From Middle English gandre, from Old English gandra, ganra (“gander”), from Proto-Germanic *ganzô (“gander”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰh₂éns- (“goose”). Cognate with Dutch gander (“gander”), Low German Gander, Ganner (“gander”), dialectal German Gandert (“gander”), German Ganter (“gander”), Norwegian gasse (“gander”), Icelandic gassi (“gander”). Related to goose, gannet.
gander (plural ganders)
- A male goose.
- A fool, simpleton.
- (slang, used only with “have”, “get” and “take”) A glance, look.
- (US) A man living apart from his wife.
gander (third-person singular simple present ganders, present participle gandering, simple past and past participle gandered)
- (dialectal, intransitive) ramble, wander