American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long stick with a pointed end used for prodding animals.
- n. An agent or means of prodding or urging; a stimulus.
- v. To prod or urge with or as if with a long pointed stick.
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. In Dorsetshire the goad of land was 15 feet 1 inch. A statute of James I. speaks of goods at 15 pence the yard or 20 the goad.
- 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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates.
- v. To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
- 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 '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)
- Middle English gode, from Old English gād. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Now my goad is the accusatory spines of unread books on my shelves.”
“Shira is also known as goad saanja so this flatbread is called saanjori.”
“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.”
“The tiger turned its attention from Inza to Elsie, and the latter struck at it, as if the goad were a spear.”
“The goad was a formidable sharpointed instrument, sometimes ten feet long.”
“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.”
“I know you are either trying to "goad" me...or you are the biggest naive sucker in the history of this universe.”
“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.”
“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”
“He prefers to call the training hooks by the Sanskrit-derived term ankus, meaning "goad," and compares them to dog collars.”
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Objects like needles and spines whose tips are drawn to a fine point.
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