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goad

[ gohd ]
/ goʊd /
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noun
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.
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Origin of goad

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

OTHER WORDS FROM goad

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

goad
/ (ɡəʊd) /

noun
a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc
anything that acts as a spur or incitement
verb
(tr) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite

Derived forms of goad

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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