Definition of goad in English:


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Pronunciation: /gəʊd


  • 2 [with object and adverbial of direction] Drive (an animal) with a spiked stick: the cowboys goaded their cattle across the meadows


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  • 1A spiked stick used for driving cattle.
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    • 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, spiked stick, spike, staff, crook, pole, rod; Indian ankus
    archaic prick
  • 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, stimulant, stimulation, inducement, fillip, impetus, impulse, spur, prod, prompt; incitement; motive, motivation
    informal kick in the pants, kick up the backside, shot in the arm


Old English gād, of Germanic origin.

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