goad

2 ENTRIES FOUND:

1goad

noun \ˈgōd\

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

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with GOAD

2goad

verb

: to urge or force (someone) to do something

Full Definition of GOAD

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

First Known Use of GOAD

1579

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

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