Definition of goat in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡəʊt/


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.
Example sentences
  • 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.
billy goat, billy, nanny goat, nanny, kid
1.1A wild mammal related to the goat, such as the ibex. See also mountain goat.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2A lecherous man.
Example sentences
  • When you say that some of the girls are prostitutes and that he used to be a responsible, respected person, it is entirely possible that the old goat is having brain changes.
lecher, lecherous man, lascivious man, libertine, womanizer, seducer, adulterer, pervert, debauchee, rake, roué, profligate, wanton, loose-liver, sensualist, sybarite, voluptuary, Don Juan, Casanova, Lothario, Romeo
informal lech, dirty old man, DOM, wolf, ladykiller
dated rip
formal fornicator
3British informal A stupid person; a fool: just for once, stop acting the goat
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



get someone's goat

informal Irritate someone.
Example sentences
  • 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.

run like a hairy goat

Australian /NZ informal Run or perform badly: the nag ran like a hairy goat the last time out! to make matters worse, the car was running like a hairy goat
More example sentences
  • I ran like a 'hairy goat' even though I placed third.
  • There is another level of embarrassed when you are representing your country and you run like a hairy goat.
  • It ran like a hairy goat, but it would serve.



Pronunciation: /ˈɡəʊtɪʃ/
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈɡəʊti/
Example sentences
  • 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?


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

Words that rhyme with goat

afloat, bloat, boat, capote, coat, connote, cote, dote, emote, float, gloat, groat, misquote, moat, mote, note, oat, outvote, promote, quote, rote, shoat, smote, stoat, Succoth, table d'hôte, Terre Haute, throat, tote, vote, wrote

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