- 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.
- to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
Origin of goad
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Related Wordsprod, tease, coerce, harass, hound, provoke, force, propel, move, sting, thrust, arouse, prompt, animate, whip, exhort, irritate, sound, encourage, trigger
Examples from the Web for goaded
It was a text message from a friend—which I had goaded him into sending from across the table purely to delight and amaze.The Smartwatch Revolution, or How the Pebble Changed My Life
March 21, 2013
He wisely refused to be goaded into an unnecessary Middle East war.Carter in Oscarland: The Rehabilitation of the 39th President
February 24, 2013
Bill Clinton sanctioned Pakistan for testing the bomb after India goaded it into doing so.Marc Grossman Inherits the Worst Job in the World
February 15, 2011
Jessi flirted with Barrett, whom she goaded into humiliating Montgomery at work and online.Web's Killer Love Triangle
March 23, 2010
What matters is that the world must not be goaded into falling into the trap he is setting for us.The Skunk at the Party
September 22, 2009
On the contrary, it goaded him on, and he finished by unburthening his mind in a flood of words.His Masterpiece
Goaded to fury, Phil swung at it with his club and hurled it through the air.The Einstein See-Saw
Miles John Breuer
Poor Jed, the long-suffering, was goaded into a mild retort.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Goaded by something akin to despair, she was now more dangerous than resolute.The Shadow of a Crime
With the roar of a 'goaded bull the German attempted to fling forward.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
- 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
Word Origin and History for goaded
1570s, from goad (n.); earliest use is figurative. Related: Goaded; goading.
Old English gad "point, spearhead, arrowhead," from Proto-Germanic *gaido (cf. Lombardic gaida "spear"), from PIE *ghei- (cf. Sanskrit hetih "missile, projectile," himsati "he injures;" Avestan zaena- "weapon;" Greek khaios "shepherd's staff;" Old English gar "spear;" Old Irish gae "spear"). Figurative use is since 16c., probably from the Bible.