\ ˈgōt How to pronounce goat (audio) \
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


abbreviation or noun
\ ˈgōt How to pronounce GOAT (audio) \
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


goatish \ ˈgō-​tish How to pronounce GOAT (audio) \ adjective
goatlike \ ˈgōt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce GOAT (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for goat

Synonyms: Noun

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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 Each held a bone fragment from a goat or sheep and was pointed north, in the direction of freedom. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2021 Such spontaneity -- the series finale was streamed from a working goat and llama pasture -- help Goose gross nearly $500,000 in online ticket sales at $15 per night or $50 for all five shows. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 3 June 2021 Traditionally, the Chin people used their intimate knowledge of this hilly, jungle terrain and homemade hunting rifles, called Tumi, to kill wild boar, goat and deer for food. Helen Regan And Sandi Sidhu, CNN, 2 June 2021 At the completion of the academic year, the school served rice and goat. E. C. Osondu, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The zoo also advertised outdoor exhibits around the barn containing birds, coatimundis, and foxes, as well as a pasture that houses a sheep, goat and other animals. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 2 May 2021 Families also could enjoy pony rides in the park and a traveling petting zoo, that included sheep, a goat and a llama, on a sunny spring day when the temperature neared 70 degrees. Kimberly Fornek, chicagotribune.com, 5 Apr. 2021 Chimera Chimera, referenced in Hesiod’s seventh-century B.C. Theogony and featured in Homer’s the Iliad, was a monstrous jumble of disparate parts: a lion in front, a goat in the middle, and a dragon or snake on the end. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Mar. 2021 Among the 10 finalists vying to be named the next Cadbury bunny are two Texans: a Nigerian dwarf goat named Dog and an alpaca named Waylon; and two Floridians: an Australian White tree frog named Betty, and a Persian cat named Pepa. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 16 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of goat


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


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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14 Jun 2021

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“Goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goat

: a small animal that is related to the sheep
US : a person who is blamed for a loss or failure


\ ˈgōt How to pronounce goat (audio) \

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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