\ 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

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 Due to injuries, another goat and a sheep were later euthanized. John Benson, cleveland, "Parma police search for suspect in grisly animal attacks at Stearns Homestead," 2 Nov. 2020 During the festival, Roman priests visited the cave where Romululs and Remus were said to have been raised by a she-wolf, and sacrifice a goat for fertility and a dog for purification, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "The Real History of Valentine's Day, Explained," 22 Dec. 2020 Walters’ team harvested a goat on their first evening and removed three in total. Outdoor Life, "National Parks Service Increasingly Calls on Hunters to Help Cull Non-Native Bison, Mountain Goats," 24 Nov. 2020 Two horses, a dog, an African grey parrot, a goat and a cat are on the ballot in this year’s race. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2,400 stuffed animals collected for Ronald McDonald House," 3 Nov. 2020 In an era when the backyard was devoted to drudgery—vegetable gardens, trash pits, outhouses, perhaps a chicken or goat—the porch offered an oasis of calm. Spike Carlsen, WSJ, "The Forgotten Front Porch Is Making a Comeback," 26 Sep. 2020 Lantz grew up on a goat farm in Norco, 100 miles north of San Diego. Kelly Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, "One inmate’s story: Cells piled with trash, violence and a pervasive fear of COVID-19," 13 Dec. 2020 Their award-winning Seascape is a bright, semi-hard cheese of cow and goat milk that tastes like a happy medium between gouda and cheddar, and the Holey Cow is California’s only Swiss-style cheese. Hannah Lee Leidy, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Delicious Cheese Shops That Ship Nationwide," 8 Dec. 2020 Krampus is a creepy, part-man and part-goat character who is fond of nets, chains, pitchforks and such. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Krampus delights with Ho Ho horrible drive-through Christmas ‘parade’," 6 Dec. 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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21 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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