Goad meaning

gōd
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.

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To prod with a goad.
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To drive with or as with a goad; prod into action; urge on.
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Goading a boy to fight.

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A sharp-pointed stick used in driving oxen.
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A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
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A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
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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.

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An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
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Any driving impulse; spur.
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To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
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Origin of goad

  • Middle English gode from Old English gād

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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').

    From Wiktionary