goat

noun
\ˈgōt \
plural goats

Definition of goat 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a 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

\ˈgōt \
variants: or less commonly G.O.A.T.
plural GOATs also G.O.A.T.s

Definition of GOAT (Entry 2 of 2)

: the greatest of all time : the most accomplished and successful individual in the history of a particular sport or category of performance or activity As much fun as it is to debate who is the greatest in NBA history, it's pointless, a question for which there can be no definitive answer…. The list of players who could be considered the GOAT is long, and each one is worthy in his own right.— Nancy Armour There's no denying what Aaron Rodgers has done in his career, but to say Rodgers is the GOAT is a big statement considering what Tom Brady has accomplished.Pro Football Weekly Former President (and arguably the GOAT of post-presidency careers) Jimmy Carter is leasing 10 acres of his Georgia peanut farm to SolAmerica to create a 1.3MW solar array.— Walter Einenkel If championships alone are the measuring stick, then Michael [Jordan] is probably going to remain the popular choice as the GOAT. But if I can go on aesthetics alone, I know I'd rather watch LeBron [James].— Bob Ryan

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Other Words from goat

Noun

goatish \ ˈgō-​tish \ adjective
goatlike \ ˈgōt-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for goat

Synonyms: Noun

fall guy, scapegoat, whipping boy

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Examples of goat in a Sentence

Noun

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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In certain spiritual practices, you're asked to wash your head in a mixture of organic goat's milk and coconut milk beforehand. Bri Luna, Glamour, "I'm a Real Witch, and I Spend $7,855 a Year on My Beauty Rituals," 31 Oct. 2018 Rather than feasting on, say, a plate of catfish in the years before his death, Burial 7/I might have spooned up calorie-rich porridge, a mix of cereals and goat’s milk. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "When Farmers and Foragers First Met," 24 Oct. 2018 Ask for Kephalotyri cheese in your pastry: The goat-cheese is local to Skopelos. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Your Getaway Guide to Skopelos Island, Where "Mamma Mia" Was Filmed," 9 Oct. 2018 Meraki continues to get whole lamb and goat from Farm 45 in the Town of Polk. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reopening after break, Meraki marks new menu with a half-price night," 12 July 2018 Perfume labels, posters advertising circuses, patent medicines, 5-cent cigars, and all manner of things — even ear tags for goats. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "At the Box SF, previous eras’ castoffs prove valuable today," 8 July 2018 Weekend activities include jump pad, jump pillow, obstacle course, pipe swing, triple slide, pedal karts, blue-choo, tram rides, goat village, Johnson’s town, corn box and games. Annie Alleman, Post-Tribune, "Berries are ripe for the picking at Northwest Indiana farms," 6 July 2018 Other crews pulled cats, dogs, and goats out of harm’s way. John Wilkens, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Firefighters battle blazes in Alpine and elsewhere as temperatures soar past 100," 6 July 2018 Paulino added goat milk products actually work with skin to improve it. Steve Smith, Courant Community, "Farmers Market Opens At Riverfront," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of goat

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Abbreviation or noun

1996, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for goat

Noun

Middle English gote, from Old English gāt; akin to Old High German geiz goat, Old Norse geit, Latin haedus kid

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The first known use of goat was before the 12th century

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goat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goat

: a small animal that is related to the sheep

the goat : a person who is blamed for a loss or failure

goat

noun
\ˈgōt \

Kids Definition of goat

: an animal that has hollow horns that curve backward, is related to the sheep, and is often raised for its milk, wool, and meat

Other Words from goat

goatlike \ -​ˌlīk \ adjective

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