AskDefine | Define goad

Dictionary Definition



1 a pointed instrument used to prod into motion [syn: prod]
2 a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves" [syn: goading, prod, prodding, urging, spur, spurring]


1 give heart or courage to [syn: spur]
2 urge with or as if with a goad
3 prod or urge as if with a log stick [syn: prick]
4 goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks" [syn: needle]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. To prod with a goad; to encourage, stimulate, incite or provoke.


  1. A long, pointed stick used to prod animals.

See also

Extensive Definition

For Hindu religious associations of elephant goads, see ankus.
For similar devices, and electrical devices, used to urge cattle to move, see Cattle prod.
The goad is a traditional farming implement, used to spur or guide lifestock, usually oxen, which are pulling a plough or a cart; used also to round up cattle. It is a type of a long stick with a pointed end, also known as the cattle prod. Though many people are unfamiliar with them today, goads have been common throughout the world.

Goad for elephants: the ankus

An ankus or ankusha is a hooked goad for controlling an elephant. See ankus for more information.

Goading (Noun)

Prodding or urging, as if with a long pointed stick, is a verbalization that encourages to attempt a move. From Middle English gode, or from Old English gd.
goad in Bulgarian: остен
goad in Polish: Oścień

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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