noun \ˈgōt\

: a small animal that is related to the sheep

the goat : a person who is blamed for a loss or failure

plural goats

Full Definition of GOAT

a or plural goat :  any of various hollow-horned ruminant mammals (especially of the genus Capra) related to the sheep but of lighter build and with backwardly arching horns, a short tail, and usually straight hair; especially :  one (Capra hircus) long domesticated for its milk, wool, and flesh
b capitalized :  capricorn
:  a licentious man :  lecher
:  scapegoat 2
goat·ish \ˈgō-tish\ adjective
goat·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of GOAT

  1. In the last inning, a home run can make you the hero, and a strikeout can make you the goat.
  2. <an unhappy childhood was the goat he used to rationalize every failure and shortcoming>

Origin of GOAT

Middle English gote, from Old English gāt; akin to Old High German geiz goat, Old Norse geit, Latin haedus kid
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any hollow-horned ruminant in the bovid genus Capra. Goats have a lighter build and straighter hair than sheep; their horns arch backward; and the tail is short. Males usually have a beard. Wild goats include the ibex and markhor. Domesticated goats are descended from the pasang, which is probably native to Asia. In China, Great Britain, Europe, and North America, the domestic goat is primarily a milk producer; much of the milk is used to make cheese. Some breeds, notably the Angora and cashmere, are raised for their wool; young goats are the source of kid leather.


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