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

GOAT

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

Noun

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 The half goat was found within a few feet of a post that was part of the fortification’s foundation. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Nov. 2021 Gus the goat in California, to Smudge, who loves to be held and cuddled by humans at the Missouri location and goes on outings as a comfort turkey. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 11 Nov. 2021 In the end, though, Jones wound up neither the goat nor the hero, but on the wrong side of a 35-29 overtime score. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, 17 Oct. 2021 The goat was pulled out of the pipe around 1 p.m. Wednesday, just as the skies opened up in a torrential downpour. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, 21 Aug. 2021 The only difference being that Boris has a goat and Igor doesn’t. David Marchesephotograph By Mamadi Doumbouya, New York Times, 3 Sep. 2021 The sweet ornament features a glittery snowman wearing a sweater and a pom-pom hat while holding a bottle for a baby goat. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 29 Oct. 2021 And Taurasi is apparently as hungry as a goat to get back. Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 17 Sep. 2021 On Thursday, one woman walked through downtown with a goat on a leash. Stephen Groves, ajc, 6 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of goat was before the 12th century

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29 Nov 2021

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“Goat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goat. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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goat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of goat

: a small animal that is related to the sheep
: 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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