[ gohd ]
/ goʊd /


a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.

verb (used with object)

to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.

Origin of goad

before 900; Middle English gode, Old English gād; compare Langobardic gaida spearhead

Related forms

goad·like, adjectiveun·goad·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for goad


/ (ɡəʊd) /


a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
anything that acts as a spur or incitement


(tr) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite

Derived Forms

goadlike, adjective

Word Origin for goad

Old English gād, of Germanic origin, related to Old English gār, Old Norse geirr spear
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