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Definition 1: a pointed instrument that is used to prod into a state of motion - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for goad in the sense of this definition

(goad is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of goad ) an elephant goad with a sharp spike and a hook

(... is a kind of goad ) a sharp prod fixed to a rider's heel and used to urge a horse onward

"cowboys know not to squat with their spurs on"

Definition 2: a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where goad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves

Synonyms for goad in the sense of this definition

(goad is a kind of ...) the expression of approval and support

Definition 3: annoy or provoke, as by constant criticism - [verb of communication]

Samples where goad or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He needled her with his sarcastic remarks

Synonyms for goad in the sense of this definition

(goad is a kind of ...) annoy continually or chronically

"He is known to harry his staff when he is overworked" "This man harasses his female co-workers"

Definition 4: urge with or as if with a goad - [verb of contact]

(goad is a kind of ...) urge on; cause to act

"The other children egged the boy on, but he did not want to throw the stone through the window"

(... is a kind of goad ) goad with spurs

"the rider spurred his horse"

Definition 5: stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick - [verb of contact]

Synonyms for goad in the sense of this definition

(goad is a kind of ...) stab or pierce

"he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"

Definition 6: give heart or courage to - [verb of emotion]

Synonyms for goad in the sense of this definition

(goad is a kind of ...) inspire with confidence; give hope or courage to

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