[ goh-tee ]
/ goʊˈti /


a man's beard trimmed to a tuft or point on the chin.

Origin of goatee

1835–45, Americanism; goat (from its resemblance to a goat's tufted chin) + -ee, probably as spelling variant of -y2, -ie, though stressed as if formed with -ee
Related formsgoat·eed, adjective
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/ (ɡəʊˈtiː) /


a pointed tuftlike beard on the chin
Derived Formsgoateed, adjective

Word Origin for goatee

C19: from goat + -ee (see -y ²)
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Word Origin and History for goatee



1844 (as goaty), from goaty (adj.). So called from its resemblance to a male goat's chin hairs.

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