\ 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

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 Madison Square Garden on Saturday, Hart dragged out his own elephant, a goat, actually, to praise Rock as the greatest stand-up of all-time. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 28 July 2022 The experimental film follows a soul during this cycle, from an old lady in Laos to a goat in Zanzibar. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 25 July 2022 Hart then gave Rock a live goat wearing gold chains. Rosa Escandon, Forbes, 24 July 2022 Cousin, who turns 59 in late July, grew up in Cypress, Texas, west of Houston, on a little farm with two brothers, eight horses, 200 chickens, two pigs and a goat. Matt Soergel, Orlando Sentinel, 23 July 2022 Other episodes include a goat named Frankie, rescue cheetahs, and more. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 10 July 2022 Heading to Bush Intercontinental airport in a bit, so if one of you could say a prayer… Or burn some sage… Or sacrifice a goat to the Houston traffic gods… Would be much appreciated. Jay R. Jordan, Chron, 6 June 2022 Other than soldiers, the bunker is inhabited by a menagerie of animals who have also sought safety from the bombs — several small dogs and a black goat that likes to make a mess of the kitchen area. New York Times, 11 May 2022 She was tasked with slaughtering a sheep and a goat, then gutting them. Laura Pappano, USA TODAY, 24 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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