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Meaning of GOAD

Pronunciation:  gowd

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a pointed instrument used to prod into motion
  2. [n]  a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something; "the ceaseless prodding got on his nerves"
  3. [v]  goad or provoke,as by constant criticism; "He needled her with his sarcastic remarks"
  4. [v]  prod or urge as if with a log stick
  5. [v]  urge with or as if with a goad
  6. [v]  give heart or courage to

GOAD is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: goading, needle, nettle, prick, prod, prod, prodding, spur, spur, spurring, urging
 See Also: beset, chevvy, chevy, chivvy, chivy, device, egg on, encourage, encouragement, gad, harass, harry, hassle, incite, jab, molest, plague, prod, provoke, spur, spur, stab



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Goad\, n. [AS. g[=a]d; perh. akin to AS. g[=a]r a dart,
    and E. gore. See {Gore}, v. t.]
    A pointed instrument used to urge on a beast; hence, any
    necessity that urges or stimulates.
          The daily goad urging him to the daily toil.
  2. \Goad\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Goaded}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To prick; to drive with a goad; hence, to urge forward, or to
    rouse by anything pungent, severe, irritating, or inflaming;
    to stimulate.
          That temptation that doth goad us on.    --Shak.
    Syn: To urge; stimulate; excite; arouse; irritate; incite;
Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. malmad, only in Judg. 3: 31), an instrument used by ploughmen for guiding their oxen. Shamgar slew six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. "The goad is a formidable weapon. It is sometimes ten feet long, and has a sharp point. We could now see that the feat of Shamgar was not so very wonderful as some have been accustomed to think."

In 1 Sam. 13:21, a different Hebrew word is used, _dorban_, meaning something pointed. The expression (Acts 9:5, omitted in the R.V.), "It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks", i.e., against the goad, was proverbial for unavailing resistance to superior power.

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