Goad Goad, n. [AS. g[=a]d; perh. akin to AS. g[=a]r a dart, and E. gore. See {Gore}, v. t.] A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates. [1913 Webster]

The daily goad urging him to the daily toil. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • Goad — Goad, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Goaded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Goading}.] To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate. [1913 Webster] That temptation that doth goad …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • goad — n spur, incentive, inducement, *motive, spring, impulse Analogous words: impelling or impulsion, driving or drive (see corresponding verbs at MOVE): urge, lust, passion, *desire Antonyms: curb goad vb *urge, egg, exhort, spur, prod, prick, sic… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • goad — goad·man; goad; …   English syllables

  • goad — [n] stimulus catalyst, compulsion, desire, drive, impetus, impulse, impulsion, incentive, incitation, incitement, irritation, lash, lust, motivation, passion, pressure, prod, spur, urge, whip, zeal; concepts 20,661 Ant. deterrent, discouragement …   New thesaurus

  • goad — ► NOUN 1) a spiked stick used for driving cattle. 2) a thing that stimulates someone into action. ► VERB 1) provoke to action. 2) urge on with a goad. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • goad — [gōd] n. [ME gode < OE gad, akin to Langobardic gaida, javelin < IE base * ĝhei , to throw > Sans hinvati, (he) hurls] 1. a sharp pointed stick used in driving oxen 2. any driving impulse; spur vt. to drive with or as with a goad; prod… …   English World dictionary

  • goad — I noun catalyst, encouragement, fillip, impetus, incentive, incitement, inducement, instigation, lash, pique, pressure, prick, prod, provocation, spur, stimulant, stimulus, thorn, tickler II verb abet, agitate, annoy, arouse, badger, bait, bring… …   Law dictionary

  • goad — (n.) O.E. gad point, spearhead, arrowhead, from P.Gmc. *gaido (Cf. Lombardic gaida spear ), from PIE *ghei (Cf. Skt. hetih missile, projectile, himsati he injures; Avestan zaena weapon; Gk. khaios shepherd s staff; O.E …   Etymology dictionary

  • Goad — For other uses, see Goad (disambiguation). Egyptian goddess Neith bearing her war goddess symbols, the crossed arrows and shield on her head, the ankh and the Egyptian goad …   Wikipedia

  • goad — [[t]go͟ʊd[/t]] goads, goading, goaded 1) VERB If you goad someone, you deliberately make them feel angry or irritated, often causing them to react by doing something. [V n into n/ ing] He wondered if the psychiatrist was trying to goad him into… …   English dictionary

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