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. (Britain, 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.