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1. A domesticated ruminant mammal (Capra hircus) having backward curving horns and a beard especially in the male, raised for its wool, milk, and meat.
2. Any of various wild ruminant mammals of the genus Capra and related genera, including the ibexes and the wild goat (C. aegagrus) of Eurasia.
3. A lecherous man.
4. A person who is blamed for a failure or misfortune, especially a scapegoat.
5. Goat
a. See Capricorn.

[Middle English got, from Old English gāt.]

goat′ish adj.


greatest of all time


1. of, like, or relating to a goat
2. archaic or literary lustful or lecherous
ˈgoatishly adv
ˈgoatishness n


(ˈgoʊ tɪʃ)

1. of or like a goat.
2. lustful; lecherous.
goat′ish•ly, adv.
goat′ish•ness, n.
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He pegs it as "an admirable evasion of whoremaster man, to lay his goatish disposition to the charge of a star.
As Vasari's use of the term capricci suggests, something goatish seems to lie just beneath the surface.
To an outsider, this wouldn't make sense, but at that moment, the feel of those horns in my hand combined with the rank goatish smell of the ibex made it all worth the effort.
John Cohen is the louche Wilf, whose sexist banter and goatish behaviour are something of a front - although not entirely.