• WordNet 3.6
    • n gooseflesh reflex erection of hairs of the skin in response to cold or emotional stress or skin irritation
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gooseflesh A rough condition of the skin, resembling that of a plucked goose, caused by the contraction of the erector muscles of the superficial hairs (arrectores pilorum), and induced by cold, fear, and other exciting causes. Also called goose-skin (and in New Latin cutis anserina). See horripilation.
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In literature:

The whistling of the bullets gave him gooseflesh.
"Original Short Stories, Volume 10 (of 13)" by Guy de Maupassant
The whistling of the bullets gave him gooseflesh.
"Maupassant Original Short Stories (180), Complete" by Guy de Maupassant
He felt his heart beating, his skin was gooseflesh.
"Pierre and Jean" by Guy de Maupassant
The skin all down his back turned there and then into gooseflesh.
"King--of the Khyber Rifles" by Talbot Mundy
We soon saw that it was a poor shelter, and when a woman came along and looked straight at us, we began to get gooseflesh!
"Three Times and Out" by Nellie L. McClung
Quite a little could be said about the creative power of gooseflesh.
"Journeys to Bagdad" by Charles S. Brooks
I confess I felt a species of "gooseflesh" creeping over me.
"Mexico" by Charles Reginald Enock
Even I, though I deplore the platitudes, find my own gooseflesh rising in response to his larynx.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
Gooseflesh ran down his spine.
"Oh, You Tex!" by William Macleod Raine
He sat and looked at us so peculiarly that I got gooseflesh all over.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
She heard hoofbeats behind her, and gooseflesh broke out all over her naked body.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
It was a high shimmer of sound and it gave him gooseflesh, as it always did.
"What Rough Beast?" by Jefferson Highe
Now and then he smacked his lips and ground his teeth until the gooseflesh arose on my neck.
"The Crimson Gardenia and Other Tales of Adventure" by Rex Beach
Why, it gives me gooseflesh just to think about it.
"Nan Sherwood's Summer Holidays" by Annie Roe Carr
A neurotic person with gooseflesh, and teeth a-chatter, trying hard to be brave.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
And then I heard something as set my hair up on end and the gooseflesh sprouting all over me.
"Susan Clegg and Her Love Affairs" by Anne Warner
At present they have gooseflesh when some zealot breaks out with a word about the future kingdom of Poland.
"Whirlpools" by Henryk Sienkiewicz
And then, after a long, deep breath, my skin all "gooseflesh," I looked straight across at my old friend.
"Memoirs of a Midget" by Walter de la Mare
She detected a faster heart-beat, a suggestion of creeping gooseflesh.
"Rich Relatives" by Compton Mackenzie
Besides ordinary damage his proud soul goosefleshed with horror.
"The Shriek" by Charles Somerville

In poetry:

The frost is covered up in gooseflesh,
The air is false like painted cheeks,
The earth is shivering, and sick of
Breathing potato-stalks for weeks.
"Autumn Frost" by Boris Pasternak

In news:

It gives me gooseflesh': Remarkable find in South Side attic, Greener's Blacker: Greener Blazed the trail for W.E.B.Dubois, Derrick Bell and Barack Obama.
It gives me gooseflesh': Remarkable find in South Side attic, Greener's Blacker: Greener Blazed the trail for W.E.B. Dubois , Derrick Bell and Barack Obama.