goat

[ goht ]
/ goʊt /

noun

any of numerous agile, hollow-horned ruminants of the genus Capra, of the family Bovidae, closely related to the sheep, found native in rocky and mountainous regions of the Old World, and widely distributed in domesticated varieties.
any of various related animals, as the Rocky Mountain goat.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign Capricorn.
a scapegoat or victim.
a licentious or lecherous man; lecher.

Idioms

    get one's goat, Informal. to anger, annoy, or frustrate a person: His arrogance gets my goat.

Origin of goat

before 900; Middle English got, Old English gāt; cognate with German Geiss
Related formsgoat·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for get one's goat (1 of 2)

goat

/ (ɡəʊt) /

noun

Derived Formsgoatlike, adjective

Word Origin for goat

Old English gāt; related to Old Norse geit, Old High German geiz, Latin haedus kid

British Dictionary definitions for get one's goat (2 of 2)

Goat

/ (ɡəʊt) /

noun

the Goat the constellation Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac
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Word Origin and History for get one's goat

goat


n.

Old English gat "she-goat," from Proto-Germanic *gaitaz (cf. Old Saxon get, Old Norse geit, Danish gjed, Middle Dutch gheet, Dutch geit, Old High German geiz, German Geiß, Gothic gaits "goat"), from PIE *ghaidos "young goat," also "play" (cf. Latin hædus "kid").

The word for "male goat" in Old English was bucca (see buck (n.)) until late 1300s shift to he-goat, she-goat (Nanny goat is 18c., billy goat 19c.). Meaning "licentious man" is attested from 1670s. To get (someone's) goat is from 1910, perhaps with notion of "to steal a goat mascot from a racehorse," or from French prendre sa chèvre "take one's source of milk."

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Idioms and Phrases with get one's goat

goat


see get someone's goat; separate the sheep from the goats.

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