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Definitions of goad

  1. A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any necessity that urges or stimulates. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming; to stimulate. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To urge on with, or as with, a spur; incite. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To drive with a goad: to urge forward. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To drive with a goad; urge on. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To drive; stimulate; incite. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  7. To act as a spur or incentive. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. give heart or courage to Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. prod or urge as if with a log stick Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. urge with or as if with a goad Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. To drive with a goad; to urge forward; to stimulate. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. To drive as with a goad; to urge forward; to rouse by anything severe or irritating; to stimulate. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. a pointed instrument used to prod into motion Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. A pointed stick to urge on cattle; any necessity that causes one to act. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. A sharp-pointed stick, often shod with iron, for driving oxen: a stimulus. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Pointed stick for driving oxen, &c. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  17. A point set in the end of a stick for urging oxen; spur; incitement. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. A pointed instrument to urge a beast to move faster; a stimulus. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A pointed stick used in driving oxen. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for goad

  1. She had gone the wrong way about making him yield; threats had always acted like a goad upon Jack's anger, just as they do upon most of us. – The Gringos by B. M. Bower
  2. Then they showed him the ox's goad wherewith Shamgar slew six hundred men. – The Pilgrim's Progress From this world to that which is to come. by John Bunyan
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