[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. go-train,
  2. go/no-go,
  3. goa,
  4. goa powder,
  5. goa, daman, and diu,
  6. goaf,
  7. goal,
  8. goal area,
  9. goal crease,
  10. goal kick

Origin of goad

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

Related formsgoad·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 Formsgoadlike, adjective

Word Origin for goad

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

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