Simple Definition of goat
: a small animal that is related to the sheep
the goat : a person who is blamed for a loss or failure
Full Definition of goat
1 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
2 : a licentious man : lecher
3 : scapegoat 2
Examples of goat
In the last inning, a home run can make you the hero, and a strikeout can make you the goat.
<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
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