Part of speech: verb

To drive; stimulate; incite.

Part of speech: noun

A point set in the end of a stick for urging oxen; spur; incitement.

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Usage examples "goad":

  1. What she actually does is to goad her lover into a frenzy by her singular conduct and then come to her senses when it is too late. - "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.
  2. The oxen, great slow- moving, majestic creatures, were already harnessed to the heavy chariot, while their driver, a tall, sturdy peasant lad, standing in front of them leaning upon his goad, had unconsciously assumed an attitude so graceful that he closely resembled the sculptured figures in ancient Greek bas- reliefs. - "Captain Fracasse", Theophile Gautier.
  3. Of course they would not reveal to me the author of those kind inquiries about myself, which perhaps had cost the firm a very valuable life, the life of Mr. Goad himself. - "Erema My Father's Sin", R. D. Blackmore.