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goad

play
noun \ ˈgōd \

Definition of goad

1 a :something that pains as if by pricking :thorn
b :something that urges or stimulates into action :spur
  • The accident has been a goad to the company to improve its safety record.
2 :a pointed rod used to urge on an animal

Examples of goad in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of goad

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

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 (such 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

Definition of goad

transitive verb
1 :to incite or rouse as if with a goad (see 1goad 1b)
  • was goaded into fighting with another player
2 :to drive (an animal) with a goad (see 1goad 2)

Examples of goad in a Sentence

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

  2. tried to goad me into auditioning for the play

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Origin and Etymology of goad

see 1goad

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GOAD Defined for English Language Learners

goad

play
noun

Definition of goad for English Language Learners

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

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


goad

verb

Definition of goad for English Language Learners

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


GOAD Defined for Kids

1

goad

play
noun \ ˈgōd \

Definition of goad for Students

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

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goad

verb

Definition of goad for Students

goaded; goading
: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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