Definition of goat in English:

goat

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Pronunciation: /gəʊt
 
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noun

  • 1A hardy domesticated ruminant mammal that has backward-curving horns and (in the male) a beard. It is kept for its milk and meat, and noted for its lively behaviour.
    • Capra hircus, family Bovidae, descended from the wild bezoar
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    • Besides this, Spanish cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats introduced European meats and fats, milk, butter, and cheese to the Mexican diet.
    • Finds of animal bones reveal that the ox and the cow were domesticated as were sheep and goats (kept for meat and wool).
    • They eat the meat of goats, sheep, water buffalo, and cows.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A wild mammal related to the goat, such as the ibex. See also mountain goat.
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    • Wild goats are tolerant of considerable extremes of temperature and would most likely have been a source of food for most of the post-glacial period.
    • The fauna is represented by species such as deer, wild goats, bears, wolves, foxes and martens.
    • After that all the sheep, wild goats and deer on the Cooley Peninsula would have to be destroyed.
  • 1.2 (the Goat) The zodiacal sign Capricorn or the constellation Capricornus.
  • 3British informal A stupid person; a fool: just for once, stop acting the goat
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    • Unfortunately a young schoolgirl, acting the goat, injured herself causing a slight cut on her knee.
    • Acting the goat takes on a new meaning when it involves a challenging nine-and-a-half-hour scramble over the rough terrain around Glenbeigh.
    • Those involved in one of the county's most popular festivals have decided acting the goat is one way to help a good cause.
  • 4US A scapegoat.
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    • O'Neill is believable because his own story portrays him as goat, not hero.
    • The truth is, he saw a last, desperate chance to transform himself from goat to martyr and he took it.

Phrases

get someone's goat

informal Irritate someone.
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  • Apart from the super-slow service, what else got my goat?
  • I mean I do read them, and one of them has got my goat enough for this blog entry - does that mean they work?
  • This being the sixties, most of them felt it was a matter of free speech, which really got his goat.

Derivatives

goatish

adjective
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  • The other meaning of fiesta is ‘feast day’, and refers, of course, to the day the goat is finally sacrificed - although goats are usually sacrificed as representatives of human piety and contrition, rather than for their own goatish sins.
  • It's his first day in the job and he's already banned the entire population of Australia and ‘people with goatish beards’.
  • One of the beasts, true to goatish cliches, started gnawing on a plastic strap on her pram.

goaty

adjective
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  • But one warning - if you are a goaty academic, don't presume (as your kind always does) that women will find you attractive just because you're brainy.
  • Of several good puddings, I tried white chocolate parfait with a goat's milk yoghurt, which stamped, as goaty things will, on the gentle chocolate, but was a fascinating flavour.
  • You would never compare mousetrap cheddar with camembert, so why assume that all goat's cheese will taste the same - overpoweringly rank and, well, goaty?

Origin

Old English gāt 'nanny goat', of Germanic origin; related to Dutch geit and German Geiss, also to Latin haedus 'kid'.

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