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goat

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noun \ˈgōt\

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

plural goats

  1. 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. 2 :  a licentious man :  lecher

  3. 3 :  scapegoat 2

goat·ish play \ˈgō-tish\ adjective
goat·like play \-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




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