see also: GOAT, Goat
  • (RP) IPA: /ɡəʊt/, /ɡɔʊt/
  • (GA) IPA: /ɡoʊt/, [ɡoʊʔ(t̚)], [ɡoʊ(ʔ)t̚]
  • (Scotland, Canada, North-East England) IPA: /ɡoːt/
  • (AU, New Zealand) IPA: /ɡɐ̟ʉt/

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.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

goat (goats, present participle goating; 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


goat (plural goats)

  1. (UK, politics, informal) A member of the "government of all the talents" proposed by British prime minister Gordon Brown.
    • 2009, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, Good government: eighth report of session 2008-09, volume 2
      The best talents; of course he was a GOAT.
    • 2011, Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Public Administration Select Committee, Bernard Jenkin, Smaller Government: Report, Together with Formal Minutes
      One of the problems with the GOATs was that the parliamentary and political role was undersold to them.
  2. (US, informal) Acronym of greatest of all time

Proper noun
  1. The eighth of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar.

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