[ goht ]
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  1. 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.

  2. any of various related animals, as the Rocky Mountain goat.

  1. Goat, Astronomy, Astrology. the constellation or sign Capricorn.

  2. Also the goat . a scapegoat or victim: When the police came, he was left behind to be the goat.

  3. a licentious or lecherous man; lecher.

Idioms about goat

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

Origin of goat

First recorded before 900; Middle English got, Old English gāt; cognate with Gothic gaits, Old Norse geit, German Geiss; akin to Latin haedus “young goat, kid”

Other words from goat

  • goat·like, adjective

Other definitions for GOAT (2 of 2)


or G.O.A.T.

[ goht, jee-oh-ey-tee ]

  1. greatest of all time: (used to describe or refer to a person or thing that is considered to be the best ever in a particular field, category, etc., especially in sports): If he hadn’t been injured, he would have been the GOAT, but he’s still a top 5 player.That film is indisputably GOAT—I watch it at least once a year.

Origin of GOAT

First recorded in 1965–70; originally the name of a company founded by Muhammad Ali, who applied the term greatest of all time to himself
  • Also the GOAT .

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How to use goat in a sentence

  • Once he suddenly found himself in the road driving a small flock of goats, whose he knew not, nor whence he got them.

    Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
  • Stray goats and mules gazed expectantly up and down the track.

    A Lost Hero | Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward and Herbert D. Ward
  • They have all their effects packed upon cars, and drive their goats and cows before them.

  • The shepherd turns away, he says, the goats on the left, and embraces with his right hand the well-deserving lambs.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • They mostly raise a few sheep and goats; the sheep are a poor lot, the wool is of a very inferior class, and the mutton poor.

British Dictionary definitions for goat (1 of 3)


/ (ɡəʊt) /

  1. any sure-footed agile bovid mammal of the genus Capra, naturally inhabiting rough stony ground in Europe, Asia, and N Africa, typically having a brown-grey colouring and a beard. Domesticated varieties (C. hircus) are reared for milk, meat, and wool: Related adjectives: caprine, hircine

  1. informal a lecherous man

  2. a bad or inferior member of any group (esp in the phrase separate the sheep from the goats)

  3. short for scapegoat

  4. act the goat, act the giddy goat, play the goat or play the giddy goat to fool around

  5. get someone's goat slang to cause annoyance to someone

Origin of goat

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

Derived forms of goat

  • goatlike, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for go at (2 of 3)

go at

verb(intr, preposition)
  1. to make an energetic attempt at (something)

  2. to attack vehemently

British Dictionary definitions for Goat (3 of 3)


/ (ɡəʊt) /

  1. the Goat the constellation Capricorn, the tenth sign of the zodiac

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Other Idioms and Phrases with goat


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

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