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.
An example of to goad is to herd sheep into a pen.
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').