Definitions for: Goad

[n] a pointed instrument used to prod into motion
[n] a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
[v] goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
[v] prod or urge as if with a log stick
[v] urge with or as if with a goad
[v] give heart or courage to

Webster (1913) Definition: Goad, n. [AS. g[=a]d; perh. akin to AS. g[=a]r 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, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Goaded; p. pr. & vb. n.
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. --Shak.

Syn: To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite;

Synonyms: goading, needle, nettle, prick, prod, prod, prodding, spur, spur, spurring, urging

See Also: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, device, egg on, encourage, encouragement, gad, harass, harry, hassle, incite, jab, molest, plague, prod, provoke, spur, spur, stab

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