goat

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noun \ˈgōt\

Definition of goat

plural

goats

  1. 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 fleshb capitalized :  capricorn

  2. 2 :  a licentious man :  lecher

  3. 3 :  scapegoat 2

goatish

play \ˈgō-tish\ adjective

goatlike

play \ˈgōt-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of goat in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of goat

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



GOAT Defined for English Language Learners

goat

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noun

Definition of goat for English Language Learners

  • : a small animal that is related to the sheep

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


GOAT Defined for Kids

goat

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noun \ˈgōt\

Definition of goat for Students

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

goatlike

\-ˌlīk\ adjective


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