goat vs laughingstock what difference

what is difference between goat and laughingstock



From Middle English goot, got, gat, from Old English gāt, from Proto-West Germanic *gait, from Proto-Germanic *gaits, from a substrate language.

The sense of lecherous man derives from the slang expression “horny as a goat”.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɡəʊt/, /ɡɔʊt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɡoʊt/, [ɡoʊʔ(t̚)], [ɡoʊ(ʔ)t̚]
  • Rhymes: -əʊt
  • (Scotland, Canada, North-East England) IPA(key): /ɡoːt/
  • (General Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): /ɡɐ̟ʉt/


goat (plural goats)

  1. A mammal, Capra aegagrus hircus, and similar species of the genus Capra.
    1. (uncountable) The meat of the aforementioned animal.
  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. A fool, loser, or object of ridicule.
  7. (roller derby) A blocker who is isolated behind the opposing team’s blockers, so as to slow down the pack.


  • (lecherous man): See also Thesaurus:libertine
  • (scapegoat): See also Thesaurus:scapegoat


  • (group of goats): tribe, herd

Derived terms


  • Abenaki: kots (from “goats”)
  • Marshallese: koot
  • Rotokas: goti
  • Tongan: koti, kosi
    • Samoan: ʻoti
      • Rotuman: ʻoti
      • Tokelauan: oti


See also

  • chevon
  • ewe
  • herd
  • hircine
  • kid
  • ram
  • tribe
  • Appendix:collective nouns objects-G


goat (third-person singular simple present goats, present participle goating, simple 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
  3. (transitive, roller derby) To isolate (an opposing blocker) behind one’s own blockers, so as to slow down the pack.


  • Gøta, TOGA, Toga, atgo, toga

West Frisian


goat c (plural goaten, diminutive goatsje)

  1. Alternative form of goate



laughing +‎ stock.


laughingstock (plural laughingstocks)

  1. Alternative spelling of laughing stock.

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