Goad - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɡoʊd|  American pronunciation of the word goad
Brit.  |ɡəʊd|  British pronunciation of the word goad


- a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion (syn: prod)
- a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something (syn: goading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging)


- give heart or courage to (syn: spur)
- urge with or as if with a goad
- stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick (syn: prick)
- annoy or provoke, as by constant criticism (syn: needle)


The threat of legal action is a powerful goad to companies that have ignored the regulations.

...the threat of skin cancer—not to mention the prospect of wrinkles—should be sufficient goad for using sunscreen...

The threat of legal action should goad them into complying.

...tried to goad me into auditioning for the play...

His opposition acted as a goad to her determination to succeed.

Kathy goaded him into telling her what he had done.

They goaded him on with insults.

The offer of economic aid was a goad to political change.

The oxen moved slowly in the heat, and had to be goaded on by their drivers.

He finally goaded her into answering his question.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: goad
he/she/it: goads
present participle: goading
past tense: goaded
past participle: goaded
singular: goad
plural: goads
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