See also: Goat, GOAT, G. O. A. T., G.O.A.T., and go at

EnglishEdit

 
Domestic goat (Capra aegagrus hircus)

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English gote, goot, got, gat, from Old English gāt, from Proto-Germanic *gaits, from a substrate language.

(lecherous man): From the slang expression "horny as a goat".

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goat (plural goats)

  1. A mammal, Capra aegagrus hircus, and similar species of the genus Capra.
  2. (slang) A lecherous man.
  3. (informal) A scapegoat.
    • 2008, "Tigers already miss Jones", in Royal Oak Daily Tribune (Michigan), Aug 6, 2008
      Fernando Rodney, the goat in Sunday's 10th inning loss to Tampa Bay, threw three nearly perfect innings in relief on Tuesday after being demoted from the closer role.
    • 1997, "1997 World Series", Game 7, bottom 11th inning, TV broadcast on NBC Sports, early morning October 27, 1997; words by Bob Costas
      Tony Fernández, who has worn hero's laurels throughout the postseason including earlier in this seventh game of the World Series, now cruel as it may seem, perhaps being fitted for goat horns.
  4. (slang) A Pontiac GTO car.
  5. (speech recognition) A person who is not easily understood by a speech recognition system; contrasted with sheep.
  6. (slang) A person who graduates from West Point with a 2.0 GPA.
  7. A fool, loser, or object of ridicule.
    • 2008, Ned B. Ricks, Trusting Appearances: Things Are Not Always as They Seem, page 259:
      Samaurez said over his shoulder, “In fact, I missed being the class goat by only three places.” Gwen patted his arm, “But, look H-Two, George Pickett was the goat and see how famous he became.”
    • 2013, Larry Pointer, In Search of Butch Cassidy:
      As Butch was the goat in that deal and inocent of the trap he was placed in.
    • 2013, Frank Norris, The Octopus:
      If Osterman wants to play the goat, why should you help him out?”

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DescendantsEdit

  • Abenaki: kots (from "goats")
  • Rotokas: goti

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goat (third-person singular simple present goats, present participle goating, simple past and past participle goated)

  1. (transitive) To allow goats to feed on.
    • 1918, Agricultural Experiment Station, Director's Biennial Report - Page 51
      Rape and clover has yielded 283 sheep days of pasture, practically dry weather [] For the coming year it is planned to goat this area continuously
  2. (transitive) To scapegoat.
    • 2001, "A worthy Rusch to judgment", in USA Today, July 15, 2001
      John Rocker, meanwhile, was spared from getting goated because he didn't blow a save

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goat c (plural goaten, diminutive goatsje)

  1. Alternative form of goate