What does the word gander mean?

Usage examples for gander

  1. It called the blue gander all manner of tender names and vowed he was handsome and knowing. – The Green Forest Fairy Book by Loretta Ellen Brady
  2. The words widower, gander, and drake are exceptions. – The English Language by Robert Gordon Latham
  3. I hurry outdoors when I hear the clarion of the wild gander; his comrade in my heart sends back the call. – Locusts and Wild Honey by John Burroughs