Green’s Dictionary of Slang

goat n.1

[the trad. characteristics of the animal, i.e. lechery, stubbornness etc.]

1. a womanizer, a lecher; usu. as old goat.

[UK]Jonson Every Man In his Humour V i: This hoary-headed letcher, this old goat.
[UK]Beaumont & Fletcher Scornful Lady III ii: You old he-goat, you dried ape, you lame stallion, Must you be leaping in my house? your Whores, like Fairies dance their night-rounds, without fear.
[UK]R. Burton Anatomy of Melancholy 3.3.4.2: Thou old goat, hoary lecher, naughty man.
[UK]Fletcher Elder Brother IV iv: It shall, old lecherous Goate in authority.
[UK]T. Randolph Hey for Honesty IV iii: Nay, take her to yourself, old impudent goat.
[UK]Otway Soldier’s Fortune I i: What an old goat’s this!
[UK]Vanbrugh Provoked Wife V iii: That goat there, that stallion there, is ready to whip me through the guts.
[UK]N. Ward London Terraefilius I 22: The Mistress of a Flogging-School, where a parcel of Old Fanatical Goats go to be Whip’d into their Leathery.
[UK]Cibber Non-Juror I i: At the Tea-Table I have seen the impudent Goat most lusciously sip off her leavings.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: Goat a Lecher, or very Lascivious Person.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 17: Mother Brown had in the mean time agreed the terms with this liquorish old goat.
[Ire]J. O’Keeffe The She-Gallant 3: When I reflect upon my Emily’s beauty, I can’t wonder at his being caught; old Goat.
[UK]Foote Maid of Bath in Works (1799) II 209: He is sixty, at least: what a filthy old goat!
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
R. Newton Samples of Sweethearts and Wives! [cartoon caption] I’ll get the blunt in the morning from her old Goat of a Keeper.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ Dict. of the Turf, the Ring, the Chase, etc. 195: The man of pleasure [...] ‘an old goat.’.
[US]N.-Y. Eve. Post 25 Feb. 2/2: The lady informed [him] that [...] she was under the protection of persons [...] who were determined to marry her to an old goat of 45 merely because he was rich.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 27 Oct. 79/3: Sir Francis Sykes as him old goat — berry natural indeed only him hab too many horns.
[UK]Sam Sly 14 Apr. 2/3: That old hypocrite, Lieut. W—e [...] not to be so fond of calling people ‘old goats’.
[UK]‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 285: The old goat always adopted to get a girl left alone with him.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘The Ridiculous Family’ in Roderick (1972) 721: Susan thought Andy was too much of a ‘goat’ altogether.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘The Play’ in Bulletin (Sydney) 16 July 47/1: The drarmer’s writ be Shakespeare, years ago, / About a barmy goat called Romeo.
[US]Hostetter & Beesley It’s a Racket! 226: goat — [...] an amorous individual.
[Aus]K. Tennant Foveaux 310: I took a tenner off a old goat the other night.
[US]Lay & Bartlett Twelve O’clock High! (1975) 327: You [...] are a horny old goat.
[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 31: The old goat! He’s gone out to Greenhaven to see her.
[UK]P. Barnes Ruling Class II vii: I was this randy old goat’s mistress!
[US]L. Rosten Dear ‘Herm’ 153: The Old Goat is carrying on like he has hypod up his motor thru a set of monkey glands.
[UK]‘Derek Raymond’ He Died with His Eyes Open 47: He’s just a poor old goat.
[US]S. King Dolores Claiborne 149: Bawling your eyes out with your apron over your head won’t save your daughter’s maidenhead if that smelly old goat really means to take it.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 36: The day the old goat comes home with any of that Viagra stuff’s the day she’s out the door.
[UK]Times 19 July 2/1: Older men with a similar libido are labelled randy old goats .

2. a dupe, a fool.

[UK]Cobbler of Canterbury (1976) 18: The Goat! Cryes one of the women; the calfes head! said another; the asse-head! quoth the third.
[UK]Shakespeare Coriolanus III i: Hence, old goat!
[UK]J. Taylor Laugh and Be Fat 31: This gentleman thy praise doth briefly note, / Compares thy wit and senses to a Goate.
[UK]S. Butler ‘Dildoides’ in Rochester & Others Works (1739) 183: But see the fate of cruel treachery, / Those Goats in Head, but not in Lechery, / Forgetting each his Wife and Daughter, / Condemn’d these Dildoes to the Slaughter.
[UK]Newcastle Guardian 12 Apr. 1/1: He cut it too small, so he spoiled it — the goat!
[US]H. Blossom Checkers 43: I [...] put twenty on it – I’m a goat if it didn’t win.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Andy Page’s Rival’ in Roderick (1972) 363: Well, you’re a bloomin’ goat, Andy, after this.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 18 Nov. 5/2: ‘You shan’t go!’ ‘Don’t be a goat’.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 15: That’s ‘Lydia Thompson,’ or I’m a goat, an’ I know I ain’t.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 31 Dec. 26/1: But the hash-house sport is a frightful goat.
[US]O.O. McIntyre New York Day by Day 16 May [synd. col.] He believes the Bulls and the Bears [...] are not quite on the square with the ‘goats’ — his term of [sic] the gullible investor.
[UK]T.W.H. Crosland ‘Joffre’ in War Poems 67: Bulgars at the Serbian throat, / Greece behaving like the goat.
[US]E. O’Neill Anna Christie Act I: Easy there! [...] You old goat!
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 June 21/2: I was just ‘touching’ a fat old geezer, when the goat busted it up.
[US]H.C. Witwer Classics in Sl. 13: Ain’t one of them dumbbells game enough to be the goat and take Kate for their bitter half.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Mules and Men (1995) 173: De Jack is Three Card Charlie who played me for a goat.
[WI]L. Bennett ‘Rightful Way’ in Jam. Dialect Poems 40: Yuh mean yuh such a goat!
[US]Lait & Mortimer USA Confidential 62: The white man is frequently made the goat by rabid racists.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 59: That big goat.
[US]C. Cooper Jr Syndicate (1998) 86: Naida was trying to make me the goat.
[US]T. Berger Sneaky People (1980) 90: Why, you old goat!
[UK]A. Payne ‘Senior Citizen Caine’ in Minder [TV script] 42: Well, keep the old goat under wraps until I get there.
[UK]Indep . Mag. 29 May 7: It has also separated the friends from the goats.
[UK]Guardian G2 10 May 7: We make absolute goats of ourselves.

3. (US) an offensive (old) man, occas. woman.

[UK]Wodehouse Psmith in the City (1993) 17: I [...] only got out because some silly goat of a chap —.
[US]C. Sandburg ‘Cahoots’ in Smoke and Steel 45: Harness bulls, dicks, front office men, / And the high goats up on the bench, / Ain’t they all in cahoots?
[US]R. Chandler Farewell, My Lovely (1949) 206: I thought of sour old goats like Nulty who had given up trying.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 92: He’s a fussy old goat.
[US]T. O’Brien Going After Cacciato (1980) 135: Hadn’t the poor old goat smiled to fix it and seal it? [...] He frisked the old man.
[UK]J. Sullivan ‘Healthy Competition’ Only Fools and Horses [TV script] Why don’t you shut your mouth you sarky old goat.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 125: There she is the crusty old goat, every day, standing around.

4. the buttocks.

[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict.
[Aus]D. Stivens Courtship of Uncle Henry 51: He could do with a kick in the goat.

5. (US Und.) a Catholic priest.

[US] (ref. to c.1890) C. Sandburg Always the Young Strangers 392: The goat in a town is the Catholic priest.

6. (US) a racehorse.

[US]C.L. Cullen Taking Chances 71: Let a kid take care o’ your two goats.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 16: A. Mutt’s tip on Sheehan was all to the good, but he could not leave well alone and had to dally with the other goats.
[US]Ade ‘The New Fable of the Aerial Performer’ in Ade’s Fables 194: In a short time he was out at the Track every day, barking at the Goats as they hove into the Stretch.
[US]‘Bill O. Lading’ You Chirped a Chinful!! n.p.: Goat: Horse.
[US]T. Thackrey Gambling Secrets of Nick The Greek 220: Besides losing on that goat, I got to playing Stuss with a couple of grifters.

7. (US) temper [backform. f. get someone’s goat ].

[US]Van Loan ‘The Bachelor Benedict’ in Lucky Seventh (2004) 237: His goat’s gone [...] I thought f’r a minute he was going to bite me!
[US]‘Hugh McHugh’ You Should Worry cap. 4: When Hep got a flash of these two his goat kicked down the door of its box-stall and began cavorting all over the Western Hemisphere.

8. (US) a slow or worthless horse.

[US]G.R. Chester Five Thousand an Hour Ch. iii: ‘How fussy!’ commented Polly. ‘Which was the kind horse?’ ‘A goat by the name of Angora,’ he replied.
[US]L.A. Times 22 Apr. III 22: Horses are frequently called ‘goats’ or ‘sheep.’.
[Aus]Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 2 Dec. 18/3: [It was] a prad that to all intents and purposes had as much chance as a hailstone in hell. We picked him another goat in the next.

9. (US campus) a student being initiated into a fraternity, a fraternity pledge; thus goat room, the room used for initiation.

[US]Current Sl. III:4.

10. (US) a Pontiac GTO automobile [pron./reversal of GTO; note hotrod jargon goat, an old racing car, generally used when speaking of a driver ‘herding his goat’].

[US]Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH) 14 Nov. 6-B/3: How much Pure will this goat hold? [...] He don’t like goats and Mayflowers.

11. (US teen) an attractive boy.

[US]Hope College ‘Dict. of New Terms’ [Internet] goat n. The code word for a young attractive boy wearing baggy pants, loose fitting shirt, and carrying a skateboard. His laugh resembles that of a goat’s neigh.

12. a caddy.

[US]J. Ellroy Brown’s Requiem 41: I’m gonna have me a whole caddy shack full of Jewish goats.

In derivatives

goatish (adj.)

lecherous.

[UK]Dekker Honest Whore Pt 2 (1630) II i: I must be beholden to a scald hot-liuered gotish Gallant.
[UK]Middleton & Dekker Roaring Girle III ii: You goatish slaves!
[UK]R. Brome Eng. Moor II ii: Clap those Goatish Roarers up.
[UK]Ford Fancies V i: Lecherously goatish and an Eunuch?
[UK]Merry Maid of Islington 5: Did I out of a sound faith in you forget the Goatish Monster you entertained.
[UK]C. Sedley Bellamira IV i: I’ll tear his Goatish eyes out.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

goat-and-galah (adj.) (also goat-or-galah) [the food on offer is restricted to goat and galah]

(Aus.) used of a small hotel, town or other place to indicate the lack of amenities.

[[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 13 Mar. 4/6: That will be a happy time for many a constitution dilapidated by sequences of mutton and infrequent beef, goat and galah at the public-houses, damper and johnny-cake and brownie and other strange combinations, only to be eaten by stimulus of hunger and not to be digested at all].
[[Aus]Barrier Miner Broken Hill, NSW) 22 July 5/4: Schools Inspector D. E. Fraser left this morning per coach for Bourke and what he terms ‘Beyond-Back-o’-Bourke’ [...] Being tired of ‘goat and galah,’ he hopes, owing to the changed condition of the country since his previous visit, to sample ‘galatine of turkey’ en route].
: One of the boundary riders [...] allowed his beard to grow during his illness, and for weeks afterwards, till the day he rode into the township of Goat-and-Galah.
Albury Banner & Wodonga Express (NSW) 19 June 46/4: I found too much kindness and happiness in Hay, and have far greater knowledge of the ample living and splendid resources of that district, tliare could permit me to paint it as 'goat and galah backblocks’.
Kalgoorlie Miner (WA) 4 July 3/4: The part of Romeo Whybrow, the proprietor of the Goat and Galah Hotel, was taken by Mr. J. Fyvie Dench.
Sunday Mail (Brisbane) 9 Oct. 15/8: At one place, known as Goat and Galah, the boarders went on strike and demanded a change of menu.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Mar. 12/4: We dropped in at a goat-or-galah pub in a little western N.S.W. town.
[Aus]J. Devanny Travels in North Queensland 167: Some [...] were of the ‘goat and galah’ variety, the generic name given to pubs that supplied food of redoubtable nature [AND].
www.outbacknsw.org [Internet] The village [of Tilpa] grew at the junction of the Paroo and Bourke roads, a crossing place for stock and eventually the site for a telegraph office and pub, boasting menu items of ‘Goat and Galah.’.
goat breath (n.)

(US campus) a derog. term of contempt.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 4: goat breath – very derogatory term. Usually used by females in reference to males. I don’t want to go to the movies with John – he’s such a goat breath.
goat-fuck/-fucking

see separate entries.

goat-fucker (n.)

a peasant.

FP 15 June [Internet] The Chechens or Dagestanis [...] get labeled ‘goat-fuckers’ by several thousand screaming white Muscovites.
goatmilker (n.) [note SE goatmilker, goatsucker, a name given to the bird Caprimulgus europæus, f. a belief that it sucks the udders of goats]

1. the vagina.

[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 37: Bidault, m. 2. The female pudendum; ‘the goat-milker’.

2. a prostitute.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 479/2: from ca. 1820.
goat-mouth (n.)

(W.I.) the ability that certain individuals supposedly possess to cause problems or frustrate the efforts of others; thus put goat-mouth on, to cause such problems; goat-mouth bite you? a question asked of one who seems unhappy or worried.

[WI]L. Bennett ‘Leff-Out’ in Jam. Humour 19: Every-bady watch out [...] For me have bad goat mout.
[UK]A. Salkey Quality of Violence (1978) 9: Why, now that we have a big decision to make, you must think that I of all people going to put a goat mouth on it? Eh? Tell me that!
[WI]S. Naipaul Adventures of Gurudeva 41: Mind you own business [...] Don’ put goat-mouth.
[UK]R. Antoni Grandmother’s Erotic Folktales 20: He was only putting goatmouth loud on heself by saying that.
[UK]R. Antoni Carnival 14: I usually get them wrong, inevitably I wind up putting goatmouth on myself.
goat roper (n.) [their stereotypical occupation]

(US) a peasant, a rural person, an unsophisticated person.

[US] in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970) 18: Goat roper, n. An agricultural student.
[US]L. Pederson ‘Lexical Data from the Gulf States’ AS LV:3 200: Goat roper.
[US](con. 1975–6) E. Little Steel Toes 37: Goat ropers, klansmen, sodbusters, nazi motherfuckers.
goat’s genolickers (n.) [var. on dog’s ballocks n.]

(Irish) the real thing, the ultimate example.

[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 94: When there’s one of them here among you, the real Ally Daly, the real goat’s genolickers.
Goatshire (n.) (also Goatlandshire)

Wales.

Taffy’s Progress to London 3: Nine Sprats! why I thought they lived altogether upon toasted cheese in Goatshire?
Taffy’s Progress to London 7: He wou’d be Reveng’d on those that thus presum’d to affront Goatlandshire.
goat’s jig (n.) [the perceived sexuality of the goat]

sexual intercourse; thus dance the goat’s jig.

[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Goat’s gigg, making the beast with two backs.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]D. Lypchuk ‘A dirty little story’ in eye mag. 8 July [Internet] The two of them dabbed the brush, danced the goat’s jig, dug in the whisker and swept the chimney until, just as he was about to do her a kindness, his sweater fell off and he had to put a new willy-welly on.

In phrases

get someone’s goat (v.) [SE get, to irritate, to annoy + SE goat; ? the goat’s propensity to butt when in a bad temper]

1. (also burn someone’s goat, get on someone’s goat, get someone’s nannygoat, goat) to annoy someone; thus goat-getting, deliberate provocation to gain a psychological advantage; goat-getter, a malicious teaser.

[US]‘Number 1500’ Life In Sing Sing 258: Goat. Anger; to exasperate.
[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 45: What do we care, kid? We got Beany’s goat.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Quitter’ in Big League (2004) 33: The scrappiest collection of fence breakers, umpire baiters, and ‘goat getters’ in professional baseball.
[UK]D. Lowrie My Life in Prison 189: I knew that would get the Captain’s goat, and it did.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Revenge of Kid Morales’ in Taking the Count 276: The Fitzsimmons’ method of overawing an opponent, since known as ‘goat-getting’.
[NZ]Ohinemuri Gaz. (N.Z.) 22 Nov. 1/4: The one thing that really ‘got their goat’ was having to sleep on terra firma.
[US]‘Digit’ Confessions of a Twentieth Century Hobo 159: The tendency to ‘get the other man’s goat,’ etc., that one often notices in games, professional and otherwise.
[US]E. Dahlberg Bottom Dogs 12: Tisha didn’t get on to it and thought Lorry was trying to get her nannygoat.
[UK]E. Glyn Flirt and Flapper 84: Flapper: No girl stands for a boy’s telling her off — Gee, it got my goat!
[UK]‘Red Collar Man’ ‘Chokey’ 128: Claude on one occasion so got the jailer’s goat that he was put in a silent cell.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Loving (1978) 193: That dam kid’s attitude was what got my goat.
[US]Gordon & Kanin Adam’s Rib 12: That kind of thing burns my goat.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 31: The old man was always getting on my goat.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 11: Unless he’s just trying to get Johnny’s goat.
[Ire]P. Boyle At Night All Cats Are Grey 167: Silly questions like these get my goat.
[UK]G.F. Newman A Prisoner’s Tale 73: That’s what gets my goat. They won’t give me no release date, will they.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 163: What got his goat was the song and dance routine women had to go through when they caught him with a colander in his hand.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 5: This cunt’s really gittin ma fuckin goat.
[UK]D. Mitchell Black Swan Green 304: What [...] gets my goat about gorgios is how they call us dirty.
[US]T. Black Ringer [ebook] n.p.: The mention of that flash bastard gets my goat, big time.

2. to impress, to move emotionally.

[US]N.Y. Eve. Journal 23 Apr. in Fleming Unforgettable Season (1981) 49: It was the little woman with tears of joy trickling down her cheeks and so wildly clapping [...] that got my goat.
[US]J. London Valley of the Moon (1914) 102: Long laughed hoarsely. ‘He’s got your goat all right.’.

3. to render nervous.

[US]J. London Smoke Bellew Pt 7 [Internet] Just keep a-coming and don’t look down. That’s what got my goat. Just keep a-coming, that’s all.
[UK](con. 1917–18) J.M. Saunders Wings (1928) 72: He got to thinking about it and it’s got his goat.
[US]R. Sale ‘House of Kaa’ in Penzler Pulp Fiction (2007) 73: This thing’s getting my goat. First you knock off Lane [...].
look goats and monkeys at (v.) [the trad. propensities of these two animals]

to gaze lecherously at, to leer.

[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 16: He only answer’d by gracious nods of approbation, whilst he look’d goats and monkeys at me.
lose one’s goat (v.) (also lose one’s angora)

1. (US) to lose one’s temper.

[US]T.A. Dorgan ‘Daffydills’ in El Paso Herald (TX) 15 Sept. 11: Catcher Chief Meyers lost his goat and taking off his mask slowly walked to the pitcher’s box.
[US]T.A. Dorgan Silk Hat Harry’s Divorce Suit 13 Dec. [synd. cartoon strip] Okk-Okouk (Monkey talk meaning loss of angora).

2. to lose one’s courage, one’s ability to fight.

[UK]Wodehouse Psmith Journalist (1993) 209: I goes in and mixes it, and then I seen Benson losing his goat, so I ups with an awful half-scissor hook to the plexus.
play the goat (v.)

1. (also play the silly goat) to lead a degenerate, dissipated life.

[US]Flynt & Walton Powers That Prey 11: Every dashed son of a hayrick thinks he can come down here and play the goat and go back home an’ forgit it.
[UK]A. Binstead Mop Fair 23: Every head [...] was turned towards where the delightful Botfly was playing the goat.
[UK]E. Pugh Harry The Cockney 162: I’m sick of playing the silly goat. I’m sick of mouching the streets and dodging after a lot of girls.
[Aus](con. 1928) S. Gore Holy Smoke 93: Don’t fiddlearse around playin’ the goat all the rest of your life!

2. to mess around, to act ineffectually.

[UK]‘Sapper’ No Man’s Land 239: You ain’t playing the goat with a dam lump of straw now.
take the goat’s tail (v.)

(Aus.) to surpass, to win.

[Aus]K.S. Prichard Roaring Nineties 182: ‘Cripes, can y’r beat it?’ Sam muttered. ‘Takes the goat’s tail!’ Blunt Pick agreed.