Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young pig just after weaning.

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  • n. A young, newly-weaned pig.
  • n. A geep, a sheep-goat hybrid (whether artificially produced or the result of animals from these species naturally intermating).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young hog. Same as shote.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See shote.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a young pig

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English shote, perhaps of Middle Low German origin.

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Of unknown origin. Perhaps cognate with West Flemish schote ‘young piglet’.

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Blend of sheep and goat

Examples

  • It appears, by the way, that there is a saying in the Eastern Thorps: I know a shoat from a sheepdog.

    Octopus revisited

  • The shoat was a large pig now, but travel had kept him thin.

    Lonesome Dove

  • (Oxford English Dictionary) [28.2] A shoat is a weaned pig under a year old.

    Inventory of Robert Carter's Estate, November [1733]

  • Egmont-Lavretzki, who until this had been very successfully imitating now a shoat which is being put into a bag, now the altercation of a cat with a dog, was beginning little by little to wilt and droop.

    Yama: the pit

  • A roasted "shoat" graced each end of the board, a side of bacon the centre, while salted beef, cut in thin slices, with pickles and cheese, constituted the side-dishes.

    A Budget of Christmas Tales by Charles Dickens and Others

  • On a weanling shoat he'd earlier noticed rooting among the fallen apples beneath this favorite of all his trees.

    Ecce viator : Behold the Traveler

  • Pork and pinot is a divine combo, and this biodynamic wine shined with the shoat and its stuffing.

    Wine: Does vino or beer go better with food?

  • There was much commotion, the men pointing out the game and shouting excitedly, "See the wild boar!" otherwise I should not have known what was up, but now, looking in the indicated direction, I saw scudding over the plain what appeared to me to be nothing but a halfgrown black pig, or shoat.

    She Makes Her Mouth Small & Round & Other Stories

  • They gave out a sound similar to that of a young shoat, in the act of sucking.

    How I Found Livingstone

  • “Even further to you getting set to pitch her into a gorge like a shoat dead of the hog cholera.”

    Cold Mountain

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  • "Also there were sundry inquiries from private persons, such as the Delacey brothers, Cedric and Fitzroy, who wished to know the plans for the Meeker dogs and a certain Hampshire shoat among the livestock."

    Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright, p 202 of the 2002 hardcover edition

    July 12, 2011

  • There is your dinner, friend, the pork of slaves.

    Our fat shoats are all eaten by the suitors

    —Fitzgerald's translation of Odyssey book 14

    April 11, 2009