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  1. of or like a goat.
  2. lustful; lecherous.
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Origin of goatish

First recorded in 1520–30; goat + -ish1
Related formsgoat·ish·ly, adverbgoat·ish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for goatish

Historical Examples of goatish

  • We were determined that Mrs. Rand should not say that girls at best were "goatish."

    Vacation with the Tucker Twins

    Nell Speed

  • It is a white-faced, lying beast, with a most goatish beard.

  • "There seems almost to have been a little quarrelling here," said the man with the goatish beard.

    The Ball and The Cross

    G.K. Chesterton

  • An admirable evasion of a libertine to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star!

    Astronomical Myths

    John F. Blake

  • Such shameless neglect of angel morality, and yet such fidgetting about a goatish beard!

British Dictionary definitions for goatish


  1. of, like, or relating to a goat
  2. archaic, or literary lustful or lecherous
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Derived Formsgoatishly, adverbgoatishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for goatish


1520s, from goat + -ish. Related: Goatishly; goatishness.

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