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A kind of bird, so called from being supposed to suck goats. A Caprimulgus. Bailey.


In botany, a plant of the genus Tragopogon.


The skin of a goat. Pope.


A plant of the genus Galega.


The greater goat's-stones is the Satyrium; the lesser, the Orchis.


A plant of the genus Astragalus.


In ornithology, a fowl of the genus Caprimulgus, so called from the opinion that it would suck goats. It is called also the fern-owl. In Bailey, it is called a goat-milker.

GOB, a. [Fr. gobe; W. gob, a heap; Qu. Heb. גב, a hill, a boss; Ch. גבא geba, to raise.]

A little mass or collection; a mouthful. [A low word.] L'Estrange.

GOB'BET, n. [Fr. gobe, supra.]

A mouthful; a lump. Shak. Addison.

GOB'BET, v.t.

To swallow in large masses or mouthfuls. [A low word.] L'Estrange.

GOB'BLE, v.i.

To make a noise in the throat, as a turky. Prior.

GOB'BLE, v.t. [Fr. gober, to swallow.]

To swallow in large pieces; to swallow hastily. Prior. Swift.


Swallowed hastily.


  1. One who swallows in haste; a greedy eater; a gormandizer.
  2. A name sometimes given to the turky cock.


  1. Swallowing hastily.
  2. Making a noise like a turky.

GO'-BE-TWEEN, n. [go and between.]

An interposer; one who transacts business between parties. Shak.

GOB'LET, n. [Fr. gobelet; Arm. gob or gobeled; Heb. גביע.]

A kind of cup or drinking vessel without a handle. We love not loaded boards, and goblets crown'd. Denham.

GOBLIN, n. [Fr. gobelin; G. kobold, a goblin; D. kabouter, a boy, an elf; kabouter-mannetje, a goblin; Arm. gobylin; W. coblyn, a knocker, a thumper, a pecker, a fiend; cobiaw, to knock; from cob, a top, a thump.]

  1. An evil spirit; a walking spirit; a frightful phantom. To whom the goblin, full of wrath, replied. Milton.
  2. A fairy; an elf. Shak.

GO'-BY, n. [go and by.]

  1. Evasion; escape by artifice. Collier.
  2. A passing without notice; a thrusting away; a shifting off; as, to give a proposal the go-by.

GO'-CART, n. [go and cart.]

A machine with wheels, in which children learn to walk without danger of falling.

GOD, n. [Sax. god; G. gott; D. god; Sw. and Dan. gud; Goth. goth or guth; Pers. خُدَا goda or choda; Hindoo, khoda, codam. As this word and good are written exactly alike in Saxon, it has been inferred that God was named from his goodness. But the corresponding words in most of the other languages are not the same, and I believe no instance can be found of a name given to the Supreme Being from the attribute of goodness. It is probably an idea too remote from the rude conceptions of men in early ages. Except the word Jehovah, I have found the name of the Supreme Being to be usually taken from his supremacy or power, and to be equivalent to lord or ruler, from some root signifying to press or exert force. Now in the present case, we have evidence that this is the sense of this word, for in Persic goda is rendered dominus, possessor, princeps, as is a derivative of the same word. See Cast. Lex. col. 231.]

  1. The Supreme Being; Jehovah; the eternal and infinite Spirit, the Creator, and the Sovereign of the Universe. God is a spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. John iv.
  2. A false god; a heathen deity; an idol. Fear not the gods of the Amorites. Judges vi.
  3. A prince; a ruler; a magistrate or judge; an angel. Thou shall not revile the gods, nor curse the ruler of thy people. Exod. xxii. Ps. xcvii. [Gods here is a bad translation.]
  4. Any person or thing exalted too much in estimation, or deified and honored as the chief good. Whose god is their belly. Phil. iii.

GOD, v.t.

To deify. [Not used.] Shak.

GOD'CHILD, n. [god and child.]

One for whom a person becomes sponsor at baptism, and promises to see educated as a Christian.

GOD'DAUGH-TER, n. [god and daughter.]

A female for whom one becomes sponsor at baptism. [See Godfather.]


  1. A female deity; a heathen deity of the female sex. When the daughter of Jupiter presented herself among a crowd of goddesses, she was distinguished by her graceful stature and superior beauty. Addison.
  2. In the language of love, a woman of superior charms or excellence.