Definition of goad in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡōd/


[with object]
1Provoke or annoy (someone) so as to stimulate some action or reaction: he goaded her on to more daring revelations
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  • But in any issue, we should be prepared to think carefully, and not let our reaction to extremists goad us into overlooking any Biblical principles that apply.
  • When I used to meet him regularly outside the Brompton Oratory after his Sunday devotions, it took little prompting to goad him into a diatribe against his latest enemy.
  • I didn't realise that people would attempt to goad us into aggression at regular intervals.
provoke, spur, prod, egg on, hound, badger, incite, rouse, stir, move, stimulate, motivate, prompt, induce, encourage, urge, inspire;
impel, pressure, dragoon
2Drive or urge (an animal) on with a goad.


1A spiked stick used for driving cattle.
Example sentences
  • The Ripon report suggests widespread use of sticks and electric goads, and says that some animals had to be dragged into and out of trucks and lorries.
  • These sort of things scare the cattle, and then you have to like do a lot of rough handling to get them to go by there, like a wad of electric goads.
  • The spurs on the legs were goads; knee goads, ankle goads, and foot goads.
prod, spike, staff, crook, rod
1.1A thing that stimulates someone into action: for him the visit was a goad to renewed effort
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  • Assimilation properly channeled and exploited can thus become a kind of blessing, for assimilation bears within it a certain seminal power which serves as a challenge and a goad to renewed creativity.
  • Second, Richmond promoted private enterprise with numerous official goads and incentives.
  • But in the end, methodology was the real goad spurring on most of the participants.
stimulus, incentive, encouragement, inducement, fillip, spur, prod, prompt, catalyst;
motive, motivation


Old English gād, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with goad

abode, bestrode, bode, code, commode, corrode, download, encode, erode, explode, forebode, implode, load, lode, middle-of-the-road, mode, node, ode, offload, outrode, road, rode, sarod, Spode, strode, toad, upload, woad

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