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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.

  1. something that encourages, urges, or drives; a stimulus.

verb (used with object)
  1. to prick or drive with, or as if with, a goad; prod; incite.

Origin of goad

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

Other words for goad

Other words from goad

  • goad·like, adjective
  • un·goad·ed, adjective

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How to use goad in a sentence

  • 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


/ (ɡəʊd) /

  1. a sharp pointed stick for urging on cattle, etc

  2. anything that acts as a spur or incitement

  1. (tr) to drive with or as if with a goad; spur; incite

Origin of goad

Old English gād, of Germanic origin, related to Old English gār, Old Norse geirr spear

Derived forms of goad

  • goadlike, adjective

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