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goad

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noun \ˈgōd\

Simple Definition of goad

  • : a pointed rod used to make an animal move forward

  • : someone or something that urges or forces someone to do something

Full Definition of goad

  1. 1 a :  something that pains as if by pricking :  thorn b :  something that urges or stimulates into action :  spur

  2. 2 :  a pointed rod used to urge on an animal

Examples of goad

  1. The threat of legal action is a powerful goad to companies that have ignored the regulations.

  2. <the threat of skin cancer—not to mention the prospect of wrinkles—should be sufficient goad for using sunscreen>



Origin of goad

Middle English gode, from Old English gād spear, goad; akin to Langobardic gaida spear, and perhaps to Sanskrit hinoti he urges on


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of goad

motive, impulse, incentive, inducement, spur, goad mean a stimulus to action. motive implies an emotion or desire operating on the will and causing it to act <a motive for the crime>. impulse suggests a driving power arising from personal temperament or constitution <buying on impulse>. incentive applies to an external influence (as an expected reward) inciting to action <a bonus was offered as an incentive>. inducement suggests a motive prompted by the deliberate enticements or allurements of another <offered a watch as an inducement to subscribe>. spur applies to a motive that stimulates the faculties or increases energy or ardor <fear was a spur to action>. goad suggests a motive that keeps one going against one's will or desire <thought insecurity a goad to worker efficiency>.

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goad

verb

Simple Definition of goad

  • : to urge or force (someone) to do something

Full Definition of goad

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to incite or rouse as if with a goad

  3. 2 :  to drive (as cattle) with a goad

Examples of goad

  1. The threat of legal action should goad them into complying.

  2. <tried to goad me into auditioning for the play>



1579

First Known Use of goad

1579

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GOAD Defined for Kids

1

goad

play
noun \ˈgōd\

Definition of goad

  1. 1 :  a pointed rod used to keep an animal moving

  2. 2 :  something that urges or forces someone to act




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goad

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verb

Definition of goad

goad·edgoad·ing

  1. :  to urge or force a person or an animal to act <… he goaded them toward school any way he could. — Jerry Spinelli, Maniac Magee>





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