Definitions

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

  • 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 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.
  • 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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Now my goad is the accusatory spines of unread books on my shelves.

    Developing Speed-Reading Skills

  • Shira is also known as goad saanja so this flatbread is called saanjori.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • "I've seen oxen driven, and the man who drove them didn't use reins as they do on horses, though he did have a goad, which is like a whip."

    Six Little Bunkers at Uncle Fred's

  • The tiger turned its attention from Inza to Elsie, and the latter struck at it, as if the goad were a spear.

    Frank Merriwell's Reward

  • The goad was a formidable sharpointed instrument, sometimes ten feet long.

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • But according to CNN San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos was slow to respond and the Humane Society then decided to post the video to "goad" authorities into taking action, Pacelle said.

    Laying Partial Blame On Humane Society For Beef Recall is UTTER Nonsense

  • I know you are either trying to "goad" me...or you are the biggest naive sucker in the history of this universe.

    Venice Beach - The Outlaw Story

  • And, in particular, Sy writing this might kind of goad the administration to actually sit down and come up with a formal Iran policy, which has been one of the problems that we've had for the past six or eight months.

    CNN Transcript Jan 18, 2005

  • The oxen were urged on by a "goad," or long staff pointed at the end, so that if occasion arose it could be used as a spear also

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • He prefers to call the training hooks by the Sanskrit-derived term ankus, meaning "goad," and compares them to dog collars.

    latimes.com - News

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  • Never knew it was a noun. "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It hurts you to kick against the goads." Acts 26:14 NRSV

    September 17, 2012