from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
- n. An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
- transitive v. To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.
- v. To prod with a goad.
- v. To encourage or stimulate.
- v. To incite or provoke.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
- transitive v. To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stick, rod, or staff with a pointed end, used for driving cattle; hence, anything that urges or stimulates.
- n. A decoy at an auction; a Peter Funk.
- n. [Cf. yard, rod, perch, as measures of length.] A little-used English Measure of length.
- To prick; drive with a goad; hence, to incite; stimulate; instigate; urge forward or rouse to action by any harassing or irritating means.
- Synonyms To impel, spur, arouse, stir up, set on.
- n. A sort of false die.
- n. A plaything.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
- v. urge with or as if with a goad
- n. a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
- v. goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
- n. a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
- v. give heart or courage to
Middle English gode, from Old English gād.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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, हिनोति (hinvati, hinoti) 'to urge on, throw', हेति (heti) 'missile, projectile'). (Wiktionary)