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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

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>.

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
GOAD Defined for Kids

1goad

noun \ˈgōd\

Definition of GOAD for Kids

1
:  a pointed rod used to keep an animal moving
2
:  something that urges or forces someone to act

2goad

verb
goad·edgoad·ing

Definition of GOAD for Kids

:  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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