goat

noun
\ 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
\ 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

Noun

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

The annual fair boasts a new and expanded draft horse show, your favorite fair foods, duck and goat racing, homemaking exhibits, and the popular Mutton Bustin Rodeo for children. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lifest 2019, Art Fair on the Square, and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 7 July 2019 The story is amusing up until the part when an aggressive goat fatally gores a hiker. Krista Kafer, The Denver Post, "Kafer: Some geese have got to go — culling is the logical and humane response," 4 July 2019 ST Genetics sells sexed semen for at least five species of animal now, including cattle, horses, deer, sheep, and goats. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "There’s still room to innovate in the cutting-edge cow semen business," 3 July 2019 Animal lovers can also take in shows devoted to cats, dogs and horses as well as chickens, rabbits and goats during the fair’s 10-day run. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Fourth of July in Clawson, Rib Fest, Camaro Superfest, Oakland County Fair," 3 July 2019 The fair features more than 2,900 animals and numerous activities, including pig races and livestock shows with calves, rabbits, pigeons and goats. New York Times, "Toddler Dies From E. Coli Linked to Contact With Animals at San Diego County Fair," 30 June 2019 But for now, your Jamaican jerk chicken or curried goat at Mamma’s Caribbean, shawarma at La Shish Kabob (Middle Eastern), spring rolls at Lang Van (Vietnamese) and pljeskavica at Euro Cafe (Bosnian) are readily available. John Bordsen, Dallas News, "A surprising choice for global cuisine: Charlotte," 25 June 2019 There were 16 goats at the June 18 Anythink Wright Farm visit. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Want to pet a goat? Head to a Colorado library near you (on these dates).," 19 June 2019 Across the path there were goats being milked, an important staple to the pioneers’ diets. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "19th century life showcased in Avon Lake’s Hike Into History," 16 June 2019

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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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goat

noun

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

goat

noun
\ 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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