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  1. a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end, for driving cattle, oxen, etc.; prod.
  2. anything that pricks or wounds like such a stick.
  3. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.
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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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  • On the contrary, it goaded him on, and he finished by unburthening his mind in a flood of words.

    His Masterpiece

    Emile Zola

  • 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.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Goaded by something akin to despair, she was now more dangerous than resolute.

  • With the roar of a 'goaded bull the German attempted to fling forward.

British Dictionary definitions for goaded


  1. a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
  2. anything that acts as a spur or incitement
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  1. (tr) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite
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Derived Formsgoadlike, adjective

Word Origin

Old English gād, of Germanic origin, related to Old English gār, Old Norse geirr spear
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Word Origin and History for goaded



1570s, from goad (n.); earliest use is figurative. Related: Goaded; goading.

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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.

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