- The definition of a goad is a stick with a pointed or electrically charged end that is used to move animals, or is something that urges someone to do something.
- An example of a goad is a tool used to drive cattle into a special area.
- An example of a goad is money promised to someone if they complete a certain action.
- To goad is defined as to urge someone or an animal to take a specific action by providing an incentive.
An example of to goad is to herd sheep into a pen.
- a sharp-pointed stick used in driving oxen
- any driving impulse; spur
Origin of goadMiddle English gode from Old English gad, akin to Langobardic gaida, javelin from Indo-European base an unverified form ?hei-, to throw from source Sanskrit hinvati, (he) hurls
- A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
- An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
transitive verbgoad·ed, goad·ing, goads
Origin of goadMiddle English gode from Old English gād
- A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
(third-person singular simple present goads, present participle goading, simple past and past participle goaded)
Middle English gode, from Old English gād 'spear', from Proto-Germanic *gaidō (compare Old Norse gedda 'pike (fish)', Lombardic gaida 'spear'), from Proto-Indo-European *ghai- (compare Irish gath 'spear', Sanskrit [Devanagari?], हिनोति (hinvati, hinoti) 'to urge on, throw', हेति (heti) 'missile, projectile').