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[goh-tee] /goʊˈti/
a man's beard trimmed to a tuft or point on the chin.
Origin of goatee
1835-45, Americanism; goat (from its resemblance to a goat's tufted chin) + -ee, probably as spelling variant of -y2, -ie, though stressed as if formed with -ee
Related forms
goateed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for goatee
  • The students are well dressed and well groomed, not a pair of jeans or scrappy goatee in sight.
  • He gazes contentedly down the street, scratching his neat goatee and watching the neighborhood kids shoot hoops in a driveway.
  • If suddenly they have a goatee, then they are definitely bad guys, so stay away from them.
  • The strands of his feathery goatee threaten to tickle my brow.
  • Andre was lean and had narrow eyes and a cursory goatee.
  • He has the deep tan of a dedicated snowboarder and a salt-and-pepper goatee that gives him a casual, approachable air.
  • His face is splotched, his goatee grizzled, his gray hair wispy and unkempt.
  • He had a waxy complexion and a thin goatee, and wore something resembling a cape.
  • His head is shaved clean, and he wears a graying goatee.
  • Aside from a wisp of a goatee, there was nothing to suggest his extremism.
British Dictionary definitions for goatee


a pointed tuftlike beard on the chin
Derived Forms
goateed, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from goat + -ee (see -y²)
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Word Origin and History for goatee

1844 (as goaty), from goaty (adj.). So called from its resemblance to a male goat's chin hairs.

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