billy goat

noun

Definition of billy goat

: a male goat

Examples of billy goat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, chicagotribune.com, 20 Aug. 2021 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 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, Philly.com, 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 There’s no clear line of demarcation featuring a billy goat or interfering fan. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of billy goat

1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for billy goat

from the name Billy

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The first known use of billy goat was in 1805

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10 Nov 2021

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“Billy goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/billy%20goat. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for billy goat

billy goat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of billy goat

: a male goat

billy goat

noun

Kids Definition of billy goat

: a male goat

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