- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for goad on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for goading
They will be on hand to essentially coach contestants along, goading their best performance(s) out of them.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality
November 22, 2014
Indeed, they may play important roles in goading the men to action.The Terrorist Tipping Point: What Pushed the Tsarnaev Brothers to Violence?
April 23, 2013
Which is precisely why Obama is goading the Republicans to do it.Obama Gets Tough
January 16, 2013
The threats may be goading Iran to pour greater effort into its nuclear program, to rush toward creating a weapon more quickly.Please Shut Up
March 12, 2012
You are saved from a grilling, goading, or grounding for some overtly selfish actions.Horoscopes: May 29-June 4, 2011
Starsky + Cox
May 28, 2011
So she began to flutter round her husband, goading him on to bestir himself.The Fortune of the Rougons
Have you come here with the express intent of goading me to madness?The White Lie
William Le Queux
Esther could not leave this strange sufferer with his goading conscience.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
It is the restraint only that is killing him—that is goading him to madness!The Crusade of the Excelsior
Why, Agnes, that is what the governor has been goading me to do.The Making of Bobby Burnit
George Randolph Chester
- 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 goading
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.