goad

A goad is a pointy stick or other instrument used to prod something along. To goad is to poke something with that pointy stick. Either way, the pointiness is really essential for making things leap into action.

Originally spelled gad, meaning “spearhead,” goad first came into use as a verb in the 1570s. But say you left your pointy goading stick at home. Have no fear! You can goad people with words, too. Literally or figuratively, a goad prods and pokes and provokes people into doing something. A sheep herder might hustle his flock along with a goad, just as your mom's constant nagging and goading might finally get you sit up straight at the dinner table.

Definitions of goad
1

v stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick

Synonyms:
prick
Type of:
jab, stab
stab or pierce

v urge with or as if with a goad

Types:
spur
goad with spurs
Type of:
egg on, incite, prod
urge on; cause to act

v goad or provoke, as by constant criticism

Synonyms:
needle
Type of:
beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, harass, harry, hassle, molest, plague, provoke
annoy continually or chronically

v give heart or courage to

Synonyms:
spur
Type of:
encourage
inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

n a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion

Synonyms:
prod
Types:
ankus
an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook
gad, spur
a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward
Type of:
device
an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

n a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something

Synonyms:
goading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging
Type of:
encouragement
the expression of approval and support

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