Synonyms for goat

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About half-way to the summit, she climbed a rock as if she were a goat, and looked all round her.

"He's had your goat ever since the meeting opened," grinned the Sharpshooter.

I saw him outside the "Goat and Bells" when I went to the post last night.

He 's too fond of the "Goat and Bells," that's what's the matter with him.

But it never seems to enter into the goat's head to do anything so aggressive.

The goat has horns, and I expect every moment to see the baby gored.

He is the goat of Tragedy, in which there are plenty of falsehoods.

I say that he went on unflinchingly, and surely no goat could have climbed quicker than he did.

She felt the goat with her hands, and as she did so her fingers shook.

The goat came near to him and lifted up its eyes, and he saw its face.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English gat "she-goat," from Proto-Germanic *gaitaz (cf. Old Saxon get, Old Norse geit, Danish gjed, Middle Dutch gheet, Dutch geit, Old High German geiz, German Geiß, Gothic gaits "goat"), from PIE *ghaidos "young goat," also "play" (cf. Latin hædus "kid").

The word for "male goat" in Old English was bucca (see buck (n.)) until late 1300s shift to he-goat, she-goat (Nanny goat is 18c., billy goat 19c.). Meaning "licentious man" is attested from 1670s. To get (someone's) goat is from 1910, perhaps with notion of "to steal a goat mascot from a racehorse," or from French prendre sa chèvre "take one's source of milk."

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