goad Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion
noun a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
goading; spurring; prodding; prod; spur; urging.
- the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves
verb give heart or courage to
verb urge with or as if with a goad
verb stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
verb goad or provoke,as by constant criticism
- He needled her with his sarcastic remarks
; perh. akin to AS. gar
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.
The daily goad urging him to the daily toil.
Goad transitive verb
imperfect & past participle Goaded; present participle & verbal noun Goading
- To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate.
That temptation that doth goad us on.
Syn. -- To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite; instigate.
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