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
GOAT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈgōt\

Definition of GOAT for Kids

:  an animal that has hollow horns that curve backward, is related to the sheep, and is often raised for its milk, wool, and meat
goat·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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