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

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 Ozaukee Washington Land Trust is raising money for the program through a sponsor-a-goat campaign. Jeff Rumage, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A herd of 38 goats is helping landscape a Mequon park by chewing away weeds," 24 June 2020 The mascot of the Naval Academy is a goat, an animal often brought aboard ships. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "The odd origins of some familiar idioms," 18 June 2020 Then, in 2015, a lethal bacterial outbreak, which killed around 200,000 of these goat-size animals, dramatically hobbled herds. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Floppy-nosed antelope has baby boom, raising hope for critically endangered species," 19 June 2020 For our part, Juneteenth meant drinking red soda water and eating barbecued goat, along with other traditional Southern dishes. Annette Gordon-reed, The New Yorker, "Growing Up with Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 To get a person’s goat – to annoy or upset someone – has an even more fantastical-sounding origin. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "The odd origins of some familiar idioms," 18 June 2020 But this didn’t deter the very determined old goat. Tom Margenau, Dallas News, "Story time: Remembering my first day on the job," 14 June 2020 This is a show with a talking cockroach, time travel, a talking horse/oracle named Baphomet, a cross-dressing cabaret singer, world-destroying interdimensional entities, a farting goat, and sentient Nazi puppets, after all. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Delightfully bonkers Doom Patrol is coming back for a second season," 10 June 2020 The grizzly exhibit, whose opening date is estimated to be March 2021, will be near the entrance between the Rocky Mountain goat enclosure and the Fort Bearizona walking area. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Bearizona is getting its first grizzly bear cubs. Here's how to visit the drive-thru park," 1 June 2020

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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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7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat. Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce GOAT (audio)

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


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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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