(1)   Any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
(2)   The tenth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about December 22 to January 19
(3)   (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Capricorn
(4)   A victim of ridicule or pranks


From < < . Cognate with Old High German (German ), Old Norse (Danish , Swedish ), Gothic ; and with Latin .


  1. Any of various ruminant mammals, of the genus Capra, related to the sheep. A group of goats is referred to as a or a .
  2. A lecherous man.
  3. 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.

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  1. 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. 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