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- n. A small artificial channel carrying water. Usually used with respect to channels built to feed mills.
- n. A fool.
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. (Wiktionary)
Popularised by the television series Red Dwarf. Possibly a shortening of goitre (i.e. a pain in the neck), or from git. (Wiktionary)