billy goat


: a male goat

Examples of billy goat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Affectionately called Billy by concerned community members, the billy goat was corralled at a home on Montclair Road, not far from where he was first spotted on the loose around 8:30 a.m. Monday. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 20 July 2023 Meanwhile, Sarabia scoops up a baby billy goat and cradles him in his arms. Jeanette Marantos, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2023 The Witch isn’t about a billy goat acquiring souls for devil butter, but instead family dynamics, the pressures of having kids. Will Bedingfield, WIRED, 22 Dec. 2022 Fragile, birdlike, translucent and with a cry like a billy goat. Tracy Grant, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2021 The Cubs finally ceded to the curse when the streak reached 12 games, letting Ernie Banks lead a billy goat around the outfield before a game against the Reds. Paul Sullivan,, 20 Aug. 2021 The square is also scattered with sculptures, including a two-foot-tall bronze billy goat, to admire on a post-lunch stroll of your own. Grace Dickinson,, 3 May 2018 Persa said one project was to design a bridge that could support a billy goat, but was tall enough for a troll to fit under. Michael Walsh, Courant Community, 20 Mar. 2018 Maybe the curse of Apollo would get the best of him at the Kentucky Derby, or maybe enough was enough, and the right horse had finally come along to send that curse the way of the billy goat and the Bambino. Melissa Hoppert, New York Times, 6 May 2018

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Word History


from the name Billy

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of billy goat was in 1805

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“Billy goat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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billy goat

: a male goat

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