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.
- goad·like, adjective
- un·goad·ed, adjective
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How to use goad in a sentence
As shadows fall and flesh goads, we all but hear the frenzied rutting amid the sirens.How Horst Captured Dietrich, Rita Hayworth, and Vivien Leigh—and Changed Fashion Photography | Patrick Strudwick | September 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The years like Great Black Oxen tread the world And God the herdsman goads them on behind.American Dreams, 1923: Black Oxen by Gertrude Atherton | Nathaniel Rich | March 28, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
It teases and goads the wealthy to be fair rather than excoriate them for being rich.Obama Call for Buffett Rule Is Potent Politics but an Economic Pitfall | Zachary Karabell | April 11, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then the fury that goads a woman scorned possessed her and lashed on the blood-hounds of vengeance.The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
There are times when the irony of this thought bites deep into the mind, and goads the mortal to revolt.The Long Night | Stanley Weyman
I might have been an unfortunate little bull in a Spanish arena, I got so smartingly touched up by these moral goads.Great Expectations | Charles Dickens
Your pride goads you, but your heart is no longer in the work.The Wolf Cub | Patrick Casey
In a small community, the master who dares kick against the parental goads soon finds the town too hot to hold him.Town Life in Australia | R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
British Dictionary definitions for goad
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
- goadlike, adjective
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