A small herd of goats.
An example of a goat is the animal producing milk from which chèvre cheese is made.
- pl. goats or
- any of a genus (Capra) of wild or domesticated bovid ruminants with hollow horns
- Rocky Mountain goat
- a lecherous man
- Informal a person forced to take the blame or punishment for others; scapegoat
Origin of goatMiddle English gote from Old English gat, akin to Dutch geit, German geiss from Indo-European base an unverified form ghaido-, he-goat from source Classical Latin haedus, kid goat
get someone's goat
- A domesticated ruminant mammal (Capra hircus) having backward curving horns and a beard especially in the male, raised for its wool, milk, and meat.
- Any of various wild ruminant mammals of the genus Capra and related genera, including the ibexes and the wild goat (C. aegagrus) of Eurasia.
- A lecherous man.
- A person who is blamed for a failure or misfortune, especially a scapegoat.
- Goat a. See Capricorn.b. See Capricornus.
Origin of goatMiddle English got from Old English gāt
(third-person singular simple present goats, present participle goating, simple past and past participle goated)
- To allow goats to feed on.
- To scapegoat.
|Germanic: Scots gait, gayt, North Frisian giet, Dutch geit, German Geiß, Danish ged, Swedish get, Icelandic geit; Indo-European: Latin haedus (“kid”).|