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“Goated” — Meaning, Context & Usage

“Goated” — Meaning, Context & Usage

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One of the hardest things about learning a new language can be understanding the slang.

Even if you are a native speaker, slang can be hard to keep up with up!

This becomes increasingly true as you get older since slang usually is invented by and circulates through younger people.

If you are older than that age group, then often, by the time you get around to hearing and understanding a piece of slang, it’s on its way out.

Whether you are learning English or you’ve been speaking it your entire life, we can help you figure out what “goated” means and how to use it in a sentence.

What is the meaning of goated?

“Goated” comes from the slang word “GOAT,” which stands for “greatest of all time.” It is another way of telling someone that they are the best at something.

When to use “goated” in conversation

Like all slang, “goated” is informal, so you should only use it in informal situations.

Examples of times when “goated” would be appropriate would be in conversation, in a text message or while talking to someone online.

You also need to consider your audience.

Is the person you are talking to someone who is likely to understand what you mean?

If not, choose a different way to make the same point, or simply say the whole thing: “the greatest of all time.”

Gaming is one environment where you might hear “goated,” but even there, not everyone is going to understand what you are talking about.

It’s always best to err on the side of caution when it comes to making sure that you are communicating clearly.

How to use “goated” in a sentence

Even if you are familiar with the term “GOAT” and how to use it in a sentence, it can be a little confusing figuring out how to do the same thing with “goated.”

GOAT is an adjective, a word used for description. When the “ed” is added, it makes it look like a verb, a word that describes action

However, “goated” can be used as an adjective. But it can also be used as a verb in some cases.

If you keep in mind that like idioms, slang follows its own rules, it’s less confusing.

To see examples of idioms, read about “dead right” or “errands to run.”

Slang that is around for long enough might eventually become an idiom although usually, slang passes quickly. Idioms tend to be much more widely understood across all groups than slang is.

The syntax for using “goated” in a sentence is nonstandard, so it can help to see examples of it in a sentence.

You can read more about syntax in “Syntax–A Beginner’s Guide.”

In the examples below, “goated” is used as an adjective:

Great game, Fred, you’re goated!
The burgers at that restaurant are goated.
That movie is goated.

In the examples below, “got” is a helping verb and is used with “goated” as a verb.

I heard he got goated.
It’s about time you got goated. You deserve it!

However, note that “got” next to “goated” doesn’t always mean that it’s being used as a verb.

It’s also common to pair the two words in a sentence when “got” means “to have” and “goated” is an adjective describing the word that follows it in the sentence:

She’s got goated taste.
I got goated grades this semester.

“Goated” is often used along with a lot of internet slang and abbreviations. If you aren’t already familiar with it, it can be hard to slip it into a sentence and sound natural.

However, just being able to recognize it and understand what people mean by it can be really helpful.


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Origins of “goated” in pop culture

The first known use of GOAT appears to go back to the famous and accomplished boxer Muhammad Ali, who was known for his declaration “I am the greatest.” In the 1990s, his wife created a company called G.O.A.T., Inc. to protect his intellectual property.

In 2000, the hip hop artist LL Cool J released an album called G.O.A.T., and he later credited Ali for the expression.

It became increasingly popular to describe people or things as GOATs. Language evolves, and slang evolves even faster, so it wasn’t long before GOAT became goated.

“GOAT” hasn’t disappeared, though. You’ll still see and hear it used as well as “goated.”


Now, if you would like to learn about other slang expressions, why not check our article on the meaning of “stop the cap”?

Also, if you would like to know more about the GOAT in the NBA, check out our article: “What is the meaning of GOAT in the NBA“?