goit

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English gote (channel, stream), from Old English *gotu (channel, gutter, drain), from Proto-Germanic *gutō (gutter, drain), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰew- (to pour). Cognate with Scots gote, goit, goate (trench, ditch, watercourse), Dutch goot (gutter), Middle Low German gote (ditch). More at gote.

Noun[edit]

goit (plural goits)

  1. (UK, Yorkshire and Lancashire) A small artificial channel carrying water. Usually used with respect to channels built to feed mills.

Etymology 2[edit]

Popularised by the television series Red Dwarf. Possibly a shortening of goitre (i.e. a pain in the neck), or from git.

Noun[edit]

goit (plural goits)

  1. (informal, pejorative) A fool.